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Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep (Story 131) (2008)

Peter Davison , Janet Fielding , Pennant Roberts  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson
  • Directors: Pennant Roberts
  • Writers: Johnny Byrne
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00142UZ9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DR WHO:WARRIORS OF THE DEEP131

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "There should have been another way..." March 21, 2008
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Warriors of the Deep was part of Peter Davison's 3rd and final season as the young & vulnerable 5th incarnation of the Doctor. Final down to a mere two companions, Davison's run as the Doctor had it's fair share of returning classic foes, this time was a double dip. The Sea Devils and the Silurians, both from Jon Pertwee's run as the third Doctor, are really a natural pairing as they are both prehistoric-sea species of Earth, it is almost astonishing that it hadn't been done earlier. Although the earlier incarnation of the Doctor could very easily been inserted in the place of the actual incumbent, most of the dialogue could have come from that era, down to the Doctor's thinly veiled distain for the destroyer / conqueror side of Humanity, thus his classic closing quote draws in sharp relief the return of the love/hate attitude that was in so much the third Doctor's lines, "there should have been another way..." This time the monsters are indigenous Earth prehistoric creatures so the humans are already the invaders in the scenario. Last time the Doctor faced the Silurians he made some hard choices of conscience bordering on treason (in UNIT's eyes) to do the right thing, as it were. This time that moral convection kind seems worn and thin, admittedly inspite of his young appearance this is an older Doctor, and in this story, a usually pessimistic Doctor.

This the 131st story or the six-hundredth and third episode of the 21st season aired in 1984. This was really a golden-age for the series (much like now with the 2005 return of the show). Of course, Tom Baker, like most Americans my age was "my Doctor," but having followed the show through the reworking of the series by executive producer John-Nathan Turner (much like Russell T. Davies reworking for the 21st cen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Honestly, this Doctor Who story should have been one of the first of Peter Davison's Doctor Who's to be released to DVD. I rank this one right up there with Earthshock (which I think is his overall best story) and The Visitation.

The Silurians and Sea Devils, together, return in a future Earth time period for the magnificent Doctor Who story "Warriors of the Deep." Their previous experience with humans has taught them that the human race can not be trusted. They decide they have no alternative but to wipe out humanity once and for all in order to reclaim the world they once called home.

To do so, they assault and take over an undersea missile base to start a nuclear war that will destroy the "ape-primitives" with their own weapons. This compelling story gives Peter Davison a chance to shine as a dramatic actor, with the Doctor not sure who he is more angry with-the Silurians or the humans. Especially since in a sub-story, human agents from a rival power have also infiltraited the sea base and unleash murder and treachery even amongst the Silurian and Sea Devil onslaught.

I really liked the fact that many of the human characters in the story, even some of the so-called good guys, were not really all that likeable. They were cranky, irritable, stubborn, and very quick to threaten force on the Doctor and his friends to get them to cooperate. Which makes total sense for characters who have been stuck in an undersea military base for months on end and are now under attack by unknown forces.

I also really liked the sets in this story. It seems they really put a lot of time, energy, effort, and money into making the setting really look like a futuristic undersea base.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Over the many decades of its existence, Doctor Who has always been a show full of ideas--almost endlessly inventive and creative. "Warriors of the Deep" is no different. What a fantastic idea, bringing back the Silurians and the Sea Devils! The basic concept of this story brims with excellent potential and fantastic possibilities. All of which gets tanked like the Titanic by inept realization and shoddy production, sad to say.

What could've gone wrong? The Silurians and the Sea Devils, reptilian Earthlings from before the age of humankind who want their planet back, definitely count as some of the more intriguingly original and complex foes (one can't really say villains per se) from the era of the Third Doctor. Now more than a decade and two Doctors later, surely their tale can be developed in new ways. And to some degree "Warriors of the Deep" does indeed manage gestures in this direction, giving them individual names and personalities, revealing little aspects of their society and politics, and alluding to their ethical systems and life philosophies. On a different level, furthermore, those subtle but vaguely noticeable hints of a Cold War allegory wafting about before in the Silurian/Sea Devil stories by Malcolm Hulke are here cleverly brought vividly to the foreground by Johnny Byrne. He rephrases the conflict as that between two (wisely unnamed) competing human power-blocs in 2084, a conflict the reptilians intend to capitalize upon by hijacking an undersea station and provoking both sides to destroy each other, leaving the Earth all for themselves again. In 1984 such a "mutually assured destruction" premise was sure to get a viewer's attention, no doubt about it. And it still has something to say yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your Average Dr. Who episode
Like the 3rd Doctor, this sort of continues with the "destroyed" reptilian species. I'm not going to give anymore away but this one does not end quite the way you expect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Amir
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Warriors
This one of his better action and adventure episodes, if they could have made this one independent of the triology,would have been a big winner!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Can the Doctor avert a war on Earth while trying to find a way to save...
In the Peter Davidson era of Doctor Who episode entitled "Warriors of the Deep" The Doctor, Tegan and turlough have come to the 22nd century of Earth where two great powers are in... Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Jacob
2.0 out of 5 stars "They're all dead, you know."
This Season 21 story, set between Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130) (25th Anniversary Edition) and Doctor Who: The Awakening - Episode 132, stars Peter Davison as the Fifth... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Hatbox Dragon
2.0 out of 5 stars Dropkicking the Panto Horse
A lot had been said about WARRIORS OF THE DEEP already. You probably know about the Myrka. As one of the effects people comments on the documentary feature, if only they'd filmed... Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by R. Sundquist
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop the complaining
Ok, the classic series of Doctor Who was under-funded. I get it. Enough already. We see the cheesy special effects and man-in the-rubber-suit monsters and aliens. Read more
Published on January 17, 2009 by Richard Teta
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
what can I say, the more Doctor Who that is released the better the world is.
Published on September 10, 2008 by James V. Blecha
2.0 out of 5 stars "Oh dear. The Myrka."
I hadn't seen WARRIORS OF THE DEEP for years. Apart from the over lit sets I didn't remember anything particular about it. Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Andrew McCaffrey
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