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Doctor Who: Doctor Who And The Silurians [VHS]


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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Fulton Mackay
  • Directors: Timothy Combe
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 1993
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T4XB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,130 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jon Pertwee stars as the third Doctor, who is called to an atomic research station in Derbyshire to investigate a series of mysterious events. His questions uncover a vicious ring of in-house saboteurs and something a bit more slimy. The Silurians returned with their cousins the Sea Devils many years later in 'Warriors of the Deep', during Peter Davison's time as the Doctor.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice on 12 Mar 2013
Strange things have happened in a research centre in Wenley Moor, which a man was killed in a cave and another man suffered a nervous breakdown, which the doctor and the unit team must find out what mysterious things are happening in the caves. The story is very well written by Malcom Hulke and even though the story is quite overlong with 7 episodes, it's still enjoyable and gripping to watch, which there is a classic sequence when the humans catch a silurian virus. Jon Pertwee and the supporting cast such as Liz Shaw and the brigadier are very good and there are also great guest performances from Fulton Mackay and Geoffrey Palmer. Which a few years later Mackay starred in his most memorable role in "Porridge" and Palmer later starred in "Butterflies". I think the Silurians are very interesting characters, because they are not really evil and the writer makes the audience have sympathy towards them, which the ending represents the humans as villains, instead of it being the other way round. This story is well worth watching and it's also worth watching the sequel "The sea devils" which features Roger Delgado as the master.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Young on 18 Feb 2006
This is Jon Pertwee's second outing as Doctor Who. It is a good story with some fine performances. Pertwee has comfortably settled into the part, and the two other regulars Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John, give fine strong support. There are also some notable guest appearances from Fulton MacKay, Peter Miles and watch out for a young Geoffrey Palmer.
The silurians are interesting characters, as they are not actually evil, they just believe that the planet is theirs and that mankind is a threat to them. The doctor, with the help of an older silurian, aims (unsuccessfully) to be peacemaker between mankind and the creatures.
The story is a good one with some genuinely frightening moments, in particular when the silurians release their deadly virus. The only fault, as you might expect with a seven part story, is that it's just too long. The story takes about three episodes to really get going. Nevertheless, well worth a look if you can get hold of it. Part of an excellent seventh season of Doctor Who.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2011
The Doctor has been exiled to Earth with a broken Tardis, but since a disproportionate amount of alien disasters happn in 1960s England, he still has plenty to keep him busy. The rather redundantly-titled "Dr Who and the Silurians" sees Jon Pertwee settling nicely into his role, as well as a morally-conflicted story about an ancient species from our own planet.

Mysterious deaths and mental strain are causing problems at a nuclear power plant, and the Doctor is called in by the Brigadier to check things out. While the plant's director violently denies that there is anything wrong, the Doctor knows that something strange is afoot -- especially when he stumbles across a living dinosaur, commanded by a reptilian humanoid called a Silurian.

It's revealed that the Silurians are actually the pre-human inhabitants of this planet, and they went into hibernation to avoid a global disaster. Now the nuclear plant has reawakened them, and they want to destroy the "apes" and reclaim the Earth.

The Doctor almost reaches peace with them, but when their leader is murdered by another Silurian, the human race is faced with a terrifying enemy. And even worse, the Silurians have an ace against the "apes" -- a deadly virus that quickly escapes into the outside world.

"Doctor Who and the Silurians" tackles a science fiction idea that really isn't explored often enough: what if other creatures -- before or after us -- had evolved into intelligent life on our own planet? I like that sort of story, and this particular serial does an excellent job addressing its moral ambiguities.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "nvidiagpu" on 30 Aug 2003
Well. Jon Pertwee's second adventure is almost flawless. Following on from the great Spearhead from space, this second adventure is excellent. The story is not perfect but is well enough. Jon Pertwee is excellent as usual and puts his little bits of humor into the episodes. The monsters themselves (Silurians) are quite scary and although they are not fast moving they have an air of menace about them.
Also this story was the first to feature CSO (Colour Seperation Overlay). This set the foundation for the effect to be used in nearly every Doctor Who episode since. Anyway basically one of the best storys ever in the Jon Pertwee Era.
A classic!
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