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Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 5 (28 Feb. 1970)

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Worried about the Old Silurian's growing friendship with the Doctor, the Young Silurian has the scientist infect Baker with a virus and then release him.



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


Worried about the Old Silurian's growing friendship with the Doctor, the Young Silurian has the scientist infect Baker with a virus and then release him.

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28 February 1970 (UK)  »

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The color 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 color signal from a domestic NTSC recording and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new color master on D3 digital tape. See more »

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"I wouldn't worry about him Brigadier, he's probably chatting quite happily to his monster friends." Decent episode to a good story.

Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 5 starts as the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) is saved from certain death by the peaceful Silurian leader who orders the other Silurians to let him go, the Doctor asks the Silurian leader to try & negotiate with the human race so they can live in peace together, he agrees but other less willing members of his kind don't & devise a plan to inject Major Baker (Norman Jones) with a deadly virus & let him go so that he will spread, infect & kill millions of us humans with the deadly disease...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 9 from season 7 that aired here in the UK during early 1970, directed by Timothy Combe this is a good episode in a pretty good story. The script by Malcolm Hulke hasn't quite advanced as much as I'd hope from the opening episode & I can't but help feel some of what's happened is there purely to fill the mammoth seven episodes & there's still two left! However I didn't see the whole deadly virus thing coming & that has made for a nice little plot twist, the arguing between the Silurians seems a bit odd & this aspect of the story doesn't quite work for me but at least it tries to develop the Silurian character's rather than paint them all with the same brush as evil monsters so it's not all bad news I suppose. It's a decent enough episode from a strong story overall but why seven episodes? The cliffhanger at the end this one isn't the best either.

Not much to say about this episode really, nothing new is introduced & the more you see the rubbery Silurians stumble around the more they lose their effectiveness that was built up so well during the first three episodes.

Doctor Who and the Silurians is a good story from a classic Doctor Who era but seven episodes of 25 minutes just seems excessive & unnecessary.

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