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Doctor Who: Beneath The Surface (The Silurians / The Sea Devils / Warriors Of The Deep) (2008)

Jon Pertwee , Peter Davison , Timothy Combe , Michael E Briant  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Geoffrey Palmer
  • Directors: Timothy Combe, Michael E Briant, Pennant Roberts
  • Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Johnny Byrne
  • Producers: Barry Letts, John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 419 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013XZ6T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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All three classic battles with the Silurians and the Sea Devils! Doctor Who and the Silurians Exiled to Earth and now working for UNIT as their scientific advisor, the Doctor is summoned to an underground research center at Wenley Moor to investigate a series of inexplicable power losses. Initially suspecting sabotage, he soon discovers that the nearby cave system conceals a colony of an ancient race called the Silurians. Awaking from a hibernation which has lasted millions of years, they are now planning to reclaim the Earth from humankind. The Sea Devils Arrested: After the events at Devils End, the Master has been incarcerated at a top security prison on a remote island off the south coast of England. When the Doctor and Jo Grant pay a visit to their old enemy, they find him a reformed character. But can the spate of mysterious shipping accidents and garbled reports of sea monsters in the local area really be a coincidence? The Doctor soon finds himself pitted against the Sea Devils, an ancient race of reptile intent on eliminating humankind and reclaiming the Earth for themselves. Warriors of the Deep Earth, 2084: Two global superpowers hover on the brink of war. When the TARDIS is forced to make an unplanned visit to Sea Base Four, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves accused of being enemy agents. Quickly embroiled in a deadly game of paranoid intrigue, it becomes clear that others on the base have sabotage and murder in mind. However, there is a greater threat to humankind: the Silurians and Sea Devils, prehistoric reptiles seeking to reclaim the Earth. Can the Doctor prevent them from implementing their "final solution" and triggering a war that could wipe out the entire human race?

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I have been a huge fan of the original Doctor Who series since I was a boy. My local PBS station used to run Doctor Who on Saturday night, and it was a highlight of my boyhood weekends. As a boy, the episodes being released in this set were among my favorites because I loved sea monsters and the Silurians and Sea Devils were great looking creatures.

As an adult, I now have a special appreciation for the unique nature of the Silurians and Sea Devils in the history of Doctor Who creatures. Most of the antagonists that the Doctor encounters in the series are evil aliens and monsters bent on destruction and conquest. But the Silurians and Sea Devils aren't. Instead, they were the original inhabitants of the Earth during pre-historic times, and they want their planet back from the "ape-descended primitives" who now occupy it, i.e. humans. If you see it from their point of view, they just want their home back. The Doctor does see it, and several times seeks to negotiate a peace between them and humanity, pointing out that both species can share the planet since the reptilian Silurians can live in environments that humans avoid.

In "the Silurians", the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) makes his first attempt at negotiated settlement between humanity and the Silurians. But he is thwarted by closed minded individuals among both the Silurians and Humans. In many ways, the humans look more evil than the Silurians in this storyline, although some of the Silurians do take monstrous steps to try to wipe out humanity. In the end, human fear takes advantage of the Doctor's success in countering the destructive plans of the rogue Silurians. The Doctor finds himself disgusted by humanity and even by the actions of his friend, the Brigadier.
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Doctor Who can be a pretty deep show sometimes. And that goes for the three stories in this aptly named box-set both in the usual figurative sense and quite literally as well. That is, the unifying element in "Doctor Who and the Silurians" (1970), "The Sea Devils" (1972), and "Warriors of the Deep" (1984) is one of the most creatively imaginative set of antagonists the show has seen in its long history, and they antagonize from the depths of the earth and sea. The eponymous Silurians, that is, along with their equally eponymous semi-aquatic branch, the Sea Devils--a highly advanced and civilized race of reptilians that evolved on Earth long before we did, went into suspended animation underground and undersea to weather what they predicted to be a global catastrophe, and then overslept a bit until the technological advances of the mammalian hominids who evolved in their absence awoke them again. All three times they seek to retake the planet that once was theirs, each time the Doctor tries to broker a peaceful compromise between the two feuding sets of Earthlings, and each time mutual suspicion, xenophobia, and itchy trigger fingers prevail over the Doctor's voice of reason and compromise. Each story too invokes this complicated moral dilemma with cold war allegorical overtones within the confines of a thoroughly enjoyable science fiction thriller.

Each also has its own particularities too, of course. "Doctor Who and the Silurians" gets the whole concept going and is the strongest of the three storywise. Only the second story of the third Doctor's tenure (as expertly played by Jon Pertwee), it also starts establishing several key motifs of that era, including the Earthbound Doctor's characteristically eccentric vintage car.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brought down by Warriors April 17, 2008
This would be a perfect DVD boxset were it not for the awful Warriors of the Deep. Although my favourite Who stories are mostly on the comedy side of things, I do like the dramatic ones as well, and Silurians highlights everything good about Pertwee's first season.

Individual rankings:

The Silurians- 5 stars
The Sea Devils- 4 stars
Warriors of the Deep- 1 star.

On average is 3.33 stars, hence the rating. The Silurians feels like you've been through a war, roughly three hour epic of a species that came here on the earth first, and now want to claim the earth for themselves. Unlike later stories like Curse of Fenric where they basically hit you over the head with what they want you to believe, this one is more up for debate, and you can basically think what you want to think. And people credit Spearhead with the most iconic Pertwee image of mannequin's coming to life, but the image of people dying from the Silurian virus all over London sticks even more in my mind. It's a disease that is seemingly unstoppable...

The Sea Devils is a good escapist adventure, but it gets knocked down a star for basically being a remake of the same adventure. It's done well, with the Doctor-Master rivalry making for some good moments, and again, it's a good epic that sticks in your mind, but it feels a bit too much like a retread to give it 5 stars.

Warriors of the Deep is just plain annoying. It's one thing to not judge Doctor Who by it's budget limitations, but it's another when the character of the monster is really brought down. The slowed-down speech of the Silurians and the Sea Devils alone grate on the nerves. It takes forever to get into the story, the first episode feeling more like two hours rather than twenty five minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silurians
Just can't get enough of the Silurians or the Sea Devils. They are some of the best villians/friend of the Doctor.
Published 4 months ago by Char
4.0 out of 5 stars A great pick up
The two reviews before mine, really sum this up well.

The two stories involving 3 are just wonderful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jetpack
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to any fan's collection
The Silurians: A great story with a strong moral dilemma, however, it can feel very padded at times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott Nossek
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but still satisfactory.
This is an interesting boxed set. As far as I know, it's the only one containing Doctor Who stories that aren't in order, so it gives you a chance to compare stories from... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patrick Correa
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC Packaging...
For a series that's been out 50 years this next year, you'd think that they would have boxed sets for seasons. For the new series of Doctor Who, they've done exactly that. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MagePro
4.0 out of 5 stars A Doctor Who set showcasing the work of Malcolm Hulke
If I were to rate the three stories included in "Beneath the Surface" separately, I would give five stars to "Doctor Who and the Silurians," three stars to "The Sea Devils" and two... Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by buckbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Devils/Silurians is off the hook
Yes dog this is a steal!!! You not only get the Sea Devils but also The Siluruians 2 amazing pertwee episodes total classic greatness as a bounus you get the crappy Peter davison... Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Roman Pilates
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the Surface is a value well above the cost.
Beneath the surface consists of 3 story's two from the Jon Pertwee era, and one from the Peter Davison era. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Ralph J. Fitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who versus Prehistoric Reptiles
As if I didn't already have enough cool things I want to waste my money on, the BBC has recently released some great collections of classic Doctor Who episodes. Read more
Published on November 28, 2008 by Zekeriyah
4.0 out of 5 stars This planet ain't big enough for...
BENEATH THE SURFACE is one box-set that contains three stories -- three distinct takes on a simple, basic premise. Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Andrew McCaffrey
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3 Piece set.
the silurians is a two disk set the other episodes are just one disk.
Feb 19, 2008 by bigdogk33 |  See all 15 posts
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