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skin and scales,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians  / The Sea Devils  / Warriors of the Deep ) [DVD] (DVD)
What a fantastic release this is, two Pertwee classics, and another one - with a silly monster.
The Silurians has long been a favourite of mine; I love the gritty realism of Pertwee's first season. The way this story slowly takes shape is wonderful. Good as today's DW is, you never get build up and character depth developing at this ponderous rate, and it's all to the good. Wonderful suspense development, three episodes pass before a full Silurian is revealed. And these guys are the business, their third eyes are lethal tools, not the limp flashing indicators of their squeaky, cuddly, future incarnations. The UNIT set up shines here, and I have to concede right now, by the end of the story I'm entirely in support of the Brigadier's position. Whatever the morality of the issues involved, the bottom line is the Silurians tried to wipe us out and would gladly do so again... so let them have it.
The Sea Devils again follows the slow, tense build up that multiple episodes permit. I must confess that I missed the UNIT presence in this story back in the seventies, but viewed again I think it works rather well. The Master is at the peak of his powers here and the supporting cast perform well. Again the Sea Devils are first class. They move so naturally compared to their later armoured counterparts who walk with pantomime stiffness. Real tension, believable monsters, a cracking yarn...
What can one say about Warriors Of The Deep? Chubby, squeaky Silurians, stiff Sea Devils (although why they would refer to themselves as 'Sea Devils' is quite beyond me) and did I mention the silly monster?
However, all is not lost. The extras are really well put together and entertaining, as is usual for classic DW DVDs. On this release the pros definitely outweigh the cons.