Doctor Who (1963)

Season 11 Episode 5


Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 12, 1974 on BBC
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Episode Summary


London, the near future. The Doctor and Sarah return to a deserted city under martial law. What mysterious force has emptied central London?

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  • The Doctor and Sarah comes across dinosaurs and an abandoned city in Invasion of the Dinosaurs

    This episode is great. Very original story to bring into the series. The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in England but discover city abandoned under marshall law.

    They begin to encounter dinosaur creatures like a Pterosaur (redirect from Teradactyl then a Tyrannosaurus Rex appearing out of nowhere.

    This is an interesting and original story that wouldn't worked if it wasn't for the writers, actors, and director of the episode.

    One of those Doctor Who episodes that was televised in color, but later only black and white because of the Bbc erasure of the master. Gladly it still exist.

    Story-wise, it's an interesting story with Dinosaurs appearing out of nowhere. There source isn't really introduced until the next episode. Seeing how Unit and The Doctor responds to the situation is interesting.

    The Dinosaurs were done using primitive effects like miniature models but given the limited technology at the time, they did what they could with what they had.

    The story works well given it presents a lot of interesting possibilities with different dinosaurs on display, the unpredictable nature of them appearing in all places, and the fact that The Doctor and Unit are battling them.

    It's a great start with them not really revealing much but this is what gets you interested to watch the whole story.moreless
Ben Aris

Ben Aris

Lieutenant Shears

Guest Star

Dave Carter

Dave Carter

Sergeant Duffy

Guest Star

Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Corporal Norton

Guest Star

Richard Franklin

Richard Franklin

Captain Yates

Recurring Role

John Levene

John Levene

Sergeant Benton

Recurring Role

Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney

Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Officer: Names?
      Sarah Jane: Sarah Jane Smith.
      Officer: Name?
      The Doctor: Doctor John Smith. No relation.
      Officer: Age?
      Sarah Jane: Twenty-three.
      Officer: Age?
      The Doctor: You'd never believe me.

    • General Finch: Waiting for your mysterious scientific advisor to turn up?
      Brigadier: Yes, sir.
      General Finch: I suppose he'll just materialise out of thin air?
      Brigadier: Very probably.

    • Sarah: Probably been vandalised.
      The Doctor: That's a very unfair word, you know. Because actually, the Vandals were quite decent chaps.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Video: Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs (BBCV 7333) released in October 2003. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1858) in October 2003.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke (ISBN 0 426 10874 4) first published by Tandem in 1976.

    • The videotape master of this episode was wiped in 1974, a few months after transmission. A damaged monochrome engineering print of the episode was recovered by a collector in 1983, and was remastered by the Doctor Who restoration team, allowing a repeat transmission of the serial in 1998.

      One of the enduring myths about Doctor Who is that this episode was junked because it was mistaken for an episode of Season 6's The Invasion, which was identified for wiping in 1969. These were certainly gone before this episode was made. Other colour episodes to have been wiped by the BBC are Episodes 2 to 7 of The Ambassadors of Death, all 6 episodes of The Mind of Evil, and Planet of the Daleks, Episode Three.

      An omnibus version of this serial, for syndicated broadcast in the U.S.A., omits the first episode.

    • This serial began as a story idea entitled Bridgehead from Space. A revised storyline was commissioned under the title of Timescoop, before being renamed.

      The first episode was broadcast under the title Invasion to avoid spoiling the surprise of the dinosaur's appearance at the episode's climax.


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