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Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 5 

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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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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This episode was watched by 7.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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As the Doctor warns UNIT about Major Baker's infection, a boom microphone shadow is visible next to Major Baker's head. See more »

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Featured in What Lies Beneath (2008) See more »

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...... or should that be Eocenes?
20 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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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