Doctor Who (1963)

Season 7 Episode 11

Doctor Who and the Silurians, Episode 7

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 14, 1970 on BBC
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The Doctor has cured the silurian plague. The creatures plan an even more deadly assault on mankind, one that will change the planet itself…

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  • One of the earliest stories to have no real bad guys but instead an avoidable conflict that spirals out of control. The Doctor as peacemaker and a shocking ending.

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    Malcolm Hulke's Pertwee era stories tended not to have truely evil bad guys but rather a race of aliens who are divided in wanting peace or being fearful and wanting war. Until the 60s monster stories in which the aliens were out to conquer us and the Doctor helps to dispose of them, here the Doctor is for trying to end the conflict and get humans to make peace with the Silurians. Obviously a very left leaning feeling of the time in which the story was made (although this sort of thing rings true in our current situation). The supporting cast is great as the humans have those who agree witht the Doctor and most who don't. The Silurians aren't so impressive and we don't get to learn much about their society. They are kept in shadows until the end of episode 3 (no way later stories would have them in the dark that long!). The part about the disease being released and reaching London was the story's scariest moment as this is something we still worry about. The ending is a rarity in Doctor Who, the Doctor doesn't "win". The government has UNIT destroy the Silurian base and the Doctor is disgusted that an intelligence race has been murdered. Most stories end with the Doctor triumphant but not here. Just the sad fact that two races can't get along. Hard to believe that the Doctor could continue to work with the Brigadier after what he had done here.moreless
John Churchill

John Churchill

Silurian

Guest Star

Paul Barton

Paul Barton

Silurian

Guest Star

Nigel Johns

Nigel Johns

Young Silurian

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Peter Halliday

Peter Halliday

Silurian Voices

Recurring Role

Dave Carter

Dave Carter

Silurian

Recurring Role

Simon Cain

Simon Cain

Silurian

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Continuity: The Young Silurian's third eye does not glow when he attacks the Doctor at the end.

    • Continuity: The only entrance to the cyclotron room is to the right of camera. During the climax, however, all of the silurians exit to the left.

    • Other Mistake: When the Silurians attack the control room, one of their eyes keeps glowing well after the attack has stopped.

    • Continuity: Liz speaks to Dr. Meredith on the phone at the beginning of the episode. But minutes later, the Brigadier addresses him as Dr. Crawford.

    • Jon Pertwee's tattoo, a relic from his days in the Royal Navy, is visible when he is wearing a T-shirt. This is one of only a handful of times that the tattoo can be seen.

    • In the finale, Liz tells the Doctor that getting rid of the van Allen belts will let too much sunlight in and people will die of sunburn. She appears to be confusing the van Allen belts with the ozone layer.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Brigadier: [ regarding the Silurians ] What are they going to do?
      Liz: Destroy the Van Allen belt.
      Brigadier: What?
      Liz: The Van Allen belt. It surrounds the planet and filters out some of the sun's radiation.
      Brigadier: What happens when it's gone?
      Liz: It'd get so hot, we'd all die of sunburn on a cloudy day.

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