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...... or should that be Eocenes?

Author: Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK
20 September 2014

Review of all 7 episodes:

This very impressive story has a prehistoric but advanced race of reptilian beings becoming involved in a confrontation with humans having been in a state of suspended animation for millions of years. They are named Silurians by a scientist but in a future story The Doctor asserts Eocenes would be a slightly more likely description of the era of history in which they originate. These 'Silurians' have returned in recent Doctor Who, one even becoming a close ally of the 11th and 12th Doctors, but look very different in this original appearance. They are well realised (although the dinosaur they keep like a guard dog is an unnecessary and less successful addition) and the whole story is thoroughly absorbing.

This adventure is cleverly written, well acted, nicely filmed and has some cracking scenes throughout. However, it is stretched a tiny bit by its 7 episodes. I feel as 6 parter this would be one of the top 20 greats whereas it is a classic but not one of my very top favourites. I felt episode 4 is slightly lagging. I would have cut the superfluous dinosaur and 1 episode. By fitting the material into 6 episodes it still would have had time to develop slowly and atmospherically but would have maintained the top 20 classic brilliance that most of this story reaches for its entire length.

Pertwee begins to establish himself nicely after his strong debut and Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John as the Brigadier and Liz Shaw build upon their already engaging characters whilst already developing a little depth with the Brigadier showing a slightly darker side.

A terrific story and a must see for fans.

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

Author: Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
24 March 2007

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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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