Two stories featuring The Silurians, now confirmed to be 'Doctor Who and the Silurians' (1970) from the Jon Pertwee era, and the Hungry Earth/Cold Blood from Matt Smith (2010). I think the Smith two parter is by far the weaker story, poorly realised, some quite shocking CGI, and the one time an updated villain has been made to look quite different from its classic predecessor. The new Silurians just don't work for me. The Silurians (1970) is definitely a classic and well worth a viewing, though maybe not all in one sitting as 7 parts together can get a bit tiresome and somewhat similar as the story progresses. It's from Pertwee's best year as the Doctor before his character became a parody of itself with everyone being called old chap! 4 points for Silurians, 2 for the Smith two parter - hence - 3 stars!
I have no idea where `KK' gets his/her information. According to the BBC these `Monster Collections' are specially themed sets to represent the most popular opponents of the Doctor. Each DVD will feature a story from the original run of Doctor Who (usually the first appearance of the monster) and from its return since 2005 (ie. Old Who and New Who as it is sometimes termed).
They are to be presented in sleeved cases in much the same design as `The Cybermen Collection' and `The Dalek Collection' that were released in 2009. This looks as if this will give them a collectible appearance.
This DVD includes:
THE SILURIANS (5/5) - Malcolm Hulke brings us these iconic, and sympathetic, monsters for the first time. Not only does the story offer a highly original concept in the Silurians but it stresses better than any other Doctor Who story the differences between the Doctor's and the Brigadier's outlook.
THE HUNGRY EARTH/COLD BLOOD (2/5) - a poor re-imagining of the Silurians (their wonderful third eye is gone) with a lot of rehashing of ideas and plot threads from their previous stories.
As yet there is no mention of special features. It would seem a shame if there weren't any.
As previously released stories they are clearly intended to be collector's items especially for the fiftieth anniversary.
Doctor Who and the Silurians: The Doctor and UNIT are called in when a research centre experiences problems.
Part 1: UNIT is summoned to Wenley Moor research station which is experiencing power losses. Part 2: Investigating the caves, the Doctor is attacked by a dinosaur-like creature. Part 3: The creature from the caves, wounded and dangerous, is on the loose on Wenley Moor. Part 4: The Doctor attempts to make peace between the humans and Silurians. Part 5: The Silurians infect Major Baker with a virus and release him to spread the infection. Part 6: As the Silurian plague quickly spreads, the Doctor desperately searches for a cure. Part 7: The Silurians intend to destroy Earth's protective Van Allen Belt, destroying mankind.
31 Jan - 14 Mar 1970
Warriors of the Deep: The Silurians and Sea Devils are provoking a war to leave them sole heirs to the planet...
Part 1: Seabase 4 is on alert as a strange craft approaches. Part 2: The Silurians and Sea Devils send in the Myrka to spearhead their invasion. Part 3: Vorshak's crew are cut down one by one by Sauvix's Sea Devil Warriors. Part 4: War is avoided but lives are lost; the Doctor reflects there should have been another way.