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Doctor Who: Doctor Who and The Silurians (Story 52) (2008)

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney , Timothy Combe  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Caroline John, Geoffrey Palmer
  • Directors: Timothy Combe
  • Writers: Malcolm Hulke
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00142UZ9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DR WHO:SILURIANS, THE EP.52

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I fondly recall watching this classic Doctor Who storyline as a teenager in the 1980's and being utterly blown away by its moral complexity. Decades have passed, I'm older and a fair bit more jaded, and it still blows me away! The somewhat unusually titled "Doctor Who and the Silurians" is perhaps one of the most intelligent stories penned for what is typically a very well-written series, and this in a manner cleverly conducive to the tale's good old thrills & chills and general entertainment value. If anything demonstrates that a show can be sophisticated and fun at the same time, this does in style.

Part of what makes this one so great is that it takes one of the most tired clichés of sci-fi and turns it on its head. Reptilian invaders? Well, sort of, except for the fact they were here first. The eponymous Silurians evolved on Earth millions of years ago and developed a highly advanced civilization before an impending catastrophe drove them to seek shelter underground, waiting in suspended animation for the disaster to blow over. The inevitable malfunction keeps them slumbering much longer, until an experimental nuclear power plant built into the caves of England's countryside circa 1970 jolts some of them awake and they start preparing to take their planet back regardless of the johnny-come-lately hominids that seem to have taken their place.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Everything leads back to those caves, Liz..." July 19, 2008
As is mentioned multiple times on the DVD extras, DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS began life as a discussion between author Malcolm Hulke and script editor Terrance Dicks. With the show now centered on the Doctor's exile to Earth, Hulke reckoned that there were only two basic story types in this format: alien invasion or Earth-based mad scientists.

THE SILURIANS was an attempt to escape from this way of thinking by presenting a story in which intelligent reptiles have been in hibernation for millions of years while the Earth and humanity evolved and changed around them. Awakening in the present day they claim ownership of the planet not because of their advanced weaponry (although this they posses) but because of their ancient claim of original ownership. It's a nice spin on the alien invasion story, although I wonder if holding it back a season or two would have made it a little more effective. It's difficult to notice or absorb the subverting of a format during only its second story.

This serial is one which I have always attempted to like, but one which I appreciate more on paper than I do in actuality. The story is strong at times, the set pieces are impressive and the acting is good. But it's a serial made up of seven 25-minute episodes, and really only has enough material for four or five. While the padding is generally good and effective, it doesn't quite distract from the fact that the clock is moving and the plot isn't really going anywhere.

Also, several items about the production unfortunately tend to drag down the story. Whenever one notices the incidental music, it's because the sound is annoying and/or bizarre.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jacob
The Doctor exiled to Earth by the time lords finds himself trying to save a race that has been asleep for millions of years on Earth. In the episode entitled "Doctor Who and The Silurians". Outside of London UNIT has been sent to one of its newest atomic testing and power plants. The Director of the facility is outraged that the militray is here, let alone the Doctor and trying to figure out why power drains are happening. A spelunker finds himself in a cavern that isn't supposed to be there. And sightings of a strange creature roaming the farmlands outside of the plant have been sighted by the locals. The Doctor and Liz Shaw think many of these events can be placed in the plant itself, while evidence of a much older yet more advanced technology then mankind can create is at work. The Doctor decides to investage the caves that seems to be where everything is happening. Once deep within he encounters a reptilian race he calls "Silurians". There to avoid a solar flare millions of years ago they placed themselves in suspended animation until the time was right to revive and return to the surface world. But they have slept to long and now awaken to find that man has taken over thier planet. Outraged by this the Silurians want to wipe out mankind and take back the Earth. The Doctor tries to stop them and broker a peace between them and mankind to show that they can live on Earth togeather and not have to kill one another. Both sides have hidden agendas and the Doctor is trying to make peace. Can the Doctor save both of them from destroying themselves or will mankind die so that the Silurians can live again?
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