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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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Nicholas Courtney ...
Norman Jones ...
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Peter Miles ...
Thomasine Heiner ...
Paul Darrow ...
Harry Swift ...
Dave Carter ...
Nigel John ...
Young Silurian (as Nigel Johns)
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Peter Halliday ...
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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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This episode was watched by 7.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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When Major Baker gets up off the cave floor, the large rock on which he was lying wobbles violently, revealing it to be made of a lightweight material. 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 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 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 but the dinosaur they keep like a guard dog is an unnecessary and less successful addition.

This adventure is cleverly written, well acted, nicely filmed and has some cracking scenes throughout. However, it is stretched a little by its 7 episodes. I feel as a 5 parter this would be one of the true greats whereas, excellent as it is, it just falls short of the very best it could have been. I felt the first episode is a set- up episode which could have been integrated with subsequent episodes and episode 4 is slightly lagging too. I would have cut the superfluous material and cut those 2 episodes. By fitting the material into 5 episodes it still would have had time to develop slowly and atmospherically but would have maintained the 10/10 classic brilliance that most of this story reaches for its entire story length.

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

A mostly terrific story and a must see for fans.


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