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Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 3 (14 Feb. 1970)

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The Silurians contact Quinn for help in retrieving their fellow while the Doctor and the Brigadier organise a search of the moors.

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The Silurians contact Quinn for help in retrieving their fellow while the Doctor and the Brigadier organise a search of the moors.

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The colour master tape of this episode was wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. The episode remained only in black in white until the 1990s, when the colour signal from a domestic NTSC recording and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new colour master on D3 digital tape. See more »

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When the Doctor barges into Dr Quinn's house, a boom microphone shadow moves across Dr Quinn's face several times. See more »

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"People are being killed & it's your fault!" Good story.

Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 3 starts as the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) & Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) find Liz Shaw (Caroline John) unconscious in the barn but alive, the Brigadier orders his UNIT men to search the farmyard & the surrounding moors. The search turns up nothing because a traitor has already given the injured Silurian shelter, after piecing various parts of the puzzle together the Doctor thinks he knows some of what's going on but not everything yet...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 7 from season 7 that aired here during early 1970, directed by Timothy Combe after a slow start this story is coming long very nicely. The script by Malcolm Hulke focuses on the search for the injured Silurian for the majority of this episode as it forgets about the sabotage to the proton accelerator & atomic research center, I must admit some of it feels a bit like padding as the basic story that was developed during the talky episode 1 doesn't advance that much during this one. Having said that it's still a good episode that moves along at a nice pace & certainly retains one interest & of course as with most classic Doctor Who it provides great fun.

Budgets at the BBC are tight so don't expect brilliant special effects but thankfully the awful paper mache dinosaur doesn't appear in this episode, however we get our first glimpse of a Silurian during the cliffhanger ending. The Silurian face mask is actually pretty impressive & one of the better Doctor Who monsters but the loose fitting monster suit isn't & lets the overall effect of the creature down but considering this is Doctor Who we can let it pass.

Doctor Who and the Silurians is starting to become another top Doctor Who adventure but I'm concerned it still has four episodes left & that I already sense some padding going on, still a must for fans though & anyone looking for some fun sci-fi.


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