Doctor Who: Doctor Who and The Silurians (Story 52)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The incidental music is a bit... jarring (and rather silly to say the least in conjunction with otherwise tense scenes). And after watching some marvelous monster performances during Troughton's tenure, especially the Ice Warriors, I have to say the cerebral palsy-esque twitching of the Silurians is not quite the best of choices. And... well.. the audio commentary is potentially entertaining save for one commenter's constant, tiring, interrupting focus on demonizing the Silurian characters - and he is repeatedly on the majority of the episodes' commentary.
Still, the acting quality is par excellent, and it's a treat to watch the relationship between the Brigadier and the Doctor coalesce and solidify.
the question that was first asked in the 1970s and asked again in 2011, can two races share a planet and live in peace together? I think answer is no, it seems very unlikely that two races sharing one world in peace would ever be possible.
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Quality product. Fun to watch if you're already a fan of Classic Who and the Third Doctor.Published 7 hours ago by Jim Huffman
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 13 months ago by VictorSlim3D
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