Doctor Who (1963)

Season 7 Episode 5

Doctor Who and the Silurians, Episode 1

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 31, 1970 on BBC
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England, the near future. Wenley Moor research station is experiencing strange power losses, and off-duty staff have been killed while potholing in the local caves. What ancient force has the station reactor re-energised?

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    John Newman

    John Newman

    Spencer

    Guest Star

    Roy Branigan

    Roy Branigan

    Roberts

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    Ian Cunningham

    Ian Cunningham

    Dr. Meredith

    Guest Star

    Bill Matthews

    Bill Matthews

    Davis

    Recurring Role

    Thomasine Heiner

    Thomasine Heiner

    Miss Dawson

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    Peter Miles (II)

    Peter Miles (II)

    Dr. Lawrence

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Other Mistake: After Major Baker delivers his report to the Brigadier, he attempts to close his briefcase and leave. It jams open and he gamely holds it shut while exiting.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Liz (reading the Brigadier's message): "Miss Shaw and the Doctor shall report themselves forthwith to Wembley Moore, attend a briefing at precisely—"
        The Doctor: My dear miss Shaw, I never report myself anywhere, particulary not forthwith.

      • Lawrence: You're not proposing to dismantle a piece of equipment worth 15 million pounds with a screwdriver?
        The Doctor: Well, it's not worth 15 million pins if it doesn't work, is it?

    • NOTES (7)

      • DVD: Doctor Who and the Silurians released as part of the Doctor Who: Beneath the Surface box set (BBCDVD 2438) in January 2008.

        Video: Doctor Who and the Silurians (BBCV 4990) released in July 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1278) in June 1995.

      • Nicholas Courtney is now credited as "Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart". The hyphen, in use since the first appearance of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart in The Web of Fear, Episode 3, would not return until Battlefield.

      • This story marked the first use of Color Separation Overlay (greenscreen) for special effects. One shot of the caves and another of Major Baker on a screen use these effects. They would become standard and more numerous in future productions.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters by Malcolm Hulke (ISBN 0 426 11471 X) first published by Universal-Tandem in 1974. A new edition, under the title Doctor Who: The Silurians was published by Virgin Publishing in 1992.

      • This is one of two Third Doctor stories where there is no 'sting' at the end of each episode.

      • This is the only broadcast serial to have "Doctor Who" in the title, although "Doctor Who and the..." was for many years the preferred format for titles of novelisations from the series.

      • First appearance of the Doctor's faux-vintage car, Bessie.

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