Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 10

Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 6 (7 Mar. 1970)

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While the Doctor and Liz try to find a cure to the virus spread by Baker, the Young Silurian kills the Old Silurian and takes control of his people.

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Nigel John ...
Young Silurian (as Nigel Johns)
Pat Gorman ...
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While the Doctor and Liz try to find a cure to the virus spread by Baker, the Young Silurian kills the Old Silurian and takes control of his people.

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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'm beginning to lose confidence for the first time in my life and that covers several thousand years." Decent episode.

Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 6 starts with the realisation by the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) & Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) that the taking of the infected Major Baker (Norman Jones) to hospital has potentially let the deadly disease loose to spread throughout the country. The Doctor & his assistant Liz Shaw (Caroline John) desperately try to develop an antidote but the Silurians don't want him to & decide they have to stop him by any means necessary...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 10 from season 7 that aired here in the UK during early 1970, directed by Timothy Combe I think this is a pretty good story overall even though I wish the pace was quicker. The script by Malcolm Hulke has been fairly slow at times so far but still watchable & engaging although in this episode the focus is on the deadly virus the Silurians lets loose & if I'm honest it feels completely different to the previous five installments of this story. I have to say the story was starting to get a little repetitive but this fresh idea that has been injected into the plot has done the trick & my interest in it has been fully restored! Only one more episode to go after this one.

This particular story has had it's creepy & somewhat scary moments all of which came within the first three episodes where the tension & mystery surrounding the Silurians was at it's height & hadn't been dampened by their eventual revelation. The scenes of the virus killing people on the streets of an early 70's London are actually very effective & well done.

Doctor Who and the Silurians has dragged a bit across it's previous five episodes but this one gets it right back on track & is overall one of the better parts to this story.


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