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Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 4 (21 Feb. 1970)

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With Quinn dead, the Brigadier decides to take an armed party into the caves, prompting the Doctor to contact the Silurians himself.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Courtney ...
Norman Jones ...
Peter Miles ...
Paul Darrow ...
Richard Steele ...
Thomasine Heiner ...
Ian Talbot ...
Dave Carter ...
Nigel John ...
Young Silurian (as Nigel Johns)
Peter Halliday ...
Silurians (voice)
Paul Barton ...
Simon Cain ...


With Quinn dead, the Brigadier decides to take an armed party into the caves, prompting the Doctor to contact the Silurians himself.

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"Hello, are you a Silurian?" Decent fourth episode.

Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 4 starts as the Silurian the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) encountered runs away, the Doctor is convinced that the Silurians are a peaceful race & is afraid to tell Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) of their existence because he fears an all out war. However Lethbridge Stewart feels the cause of the problems the atomic research center is experiencing is in the caves & decides to do a full scale search using his UNIT team anyway regardless of what's down there...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 8 from season 7 that aired here in the UK during early 1970, directed by Timothy Combe this is a decent enough episode but nothing special. The script by Malcolm Hulke has now revealed the Silurian threat & part of their intentions but not all, the script isn't as black and white as you may expect & it paints the Silurians as a somewhat peaceful race who only attack when threatened like most species. It sticks the Doctor in the middle of the Silurian & human races as some kind of negotiator, it's an OK development but again I couldn't help but feel that maybe some of this stuff is merely there to pad this story out which has a mammoth seven episodes to fill. This episode is pretty standard fare & nothing particularly special happens & the mysterious & creepy illusion surrounding the Silurians has completely gone since they were revealed.

The Silurians look OK but they way they walk is daft & somewhat spoils the build up work done in the previous three episodes. The sets are alright & I actually quite like the studio bound caves even though I doubt there would be anywhere near that much light down there! It's amazing who turns up in these things as Geoffrey Palmer turns up in this one as a government minister.

Doctor Who and the Silurians is a good story no doubt but certain episodes drag including this one & the revelation of the Silurians actually hurts the effectiveness of the story.

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