52) DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS

31 January - 14 March 1970

Average Viewing Figure: 7.7M

Plot

When a research centre suffers a series power losses, The Doctor discovers an ancient race of reptilian beings are awakening 

Cast

Jon Pertwee (The Doctor), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Fulton Mackay (Dr Quinn)

Norman Jones (Major Baker), Geoffrey Palmer (Masters), Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence), Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)

Ian Cunningham (Dr Meredith), Roy Branigan (Roberts), Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins), Richard Steele (Sergeant Hart)

John Newman (Spencer), Bill Matthews (Davis), Nancie Jackson (Doris Squire), Gordon Richardson (Squire), Ian Talbot (Travis)

Harry Swift (Private Robins), Alan Mason (Corporal Nutting), Derek Pollitt (Private Wright), Brendan Barry (Hospital Doctor)

Dave Carter (Old Silurian), Nigel Johns (Young Silurian), Pat Gorman (Silurian Scientist), Peter Halliday (Silurian Voices)

Dave Carter, Pat Gorman, Paul Barton, John Churchill, Simon Cain (Silurians)

Uncredited Cast

John Spradbury, Alex Donald, Brian Nolan, Mark Johnson, Brian Haughton, David Melbourne (UNIT Soldiers at Wenley Moore)

Bertram A Collacott (Reptilian Creature), John Doyle, Bernard Barnsley, Jim Delaney, Alan Clements, Antonio de Maggio, Will Nash

Alex Donald, David Melbourne, Pierce McEvoy, Derek Hunt, Barry Ashton, Terence Denville, Stuart Myers

Roger Minnis (UNIT Soldiers in Caves), Graham Warwick (UNIT Dog Handler), Jay McGrath, Charles Finch, Reg Cranfield, Bill Leonard

Arthur McGuire, Paul Barton, Vez Delahunt, Crawford Lyle, Tony McKinnon, Lionel Sansby, Lawrence Norburne, Raoul Johns

Bobby Beaumont, Charles Elkin, Gay Dean, Charles Erskin, Walter Turner, Bill Lodge, Leslie Conrad, Victor Munt, Colin Thomas

Brian Scott, Vic Taylor, Derek Chafer (UNIT Soldiers at Farm and Hillside), Paul Barton (Wounded Silurian Voice)

Trevor Ray (Ticket Collector), Mostyn Evans (Taxi Collector), Simon Cain (Private Upton)

Crew

Malcolm Hulke (Writer), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Carey Blyton (Incidental Music), Fred Hamilton (Film Cameraman)

Bill Huthert (Film Editor), James Ward (Visual Effects), Christine Rawlins (Costumes), Marion Richards, Teresa Wright (Make-Up)

Ralph Walton (Studio Lighting), John Staple (Sound), Brian Hodgson (Special Sounds), Sam Upton (Videotape Editor)

Terrance Dicks (Script Editor), Barry Newbery (Designer), Barry Letts (Producer), Timothy Combe (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Sue Upton (Director's Assistant), John Sanderford (Grams), Bernard Fox (Technical Manager), John Norton (Floor Assistant)

Gerry Abouaf (Effects Assistant), Mike Catherwood (Vision Mixer), David Jarvis (Technical Advise)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Marylebone Station, Westminster

  • Dorset Square, Westminster

  • Balcombe Street, Westminster

  • Edward Woods Estate, Hammersmith

  • Sheephatch Farm, Tilford

  • Hankley Common, Rushmoor, Surrey

  • Milford Chest Hospital, Milford, Surrey

  • High Street, Godalming, Surrey

  • Hog's Back Transmitter Station, Guilford, Surrey

  • Television Centre: Studio 3

  • Television Centre: Studio 1

  • Television Centre: Studio 8

Deaths

  • Dr Quinn [killed by a Silurian that he held captive]

  • Major Baker [killed after being infected with the Silurian's plague]

  • Dr Lawrence [killed after being infected with the Silurian's plague]

  • Davis [killed by the Silurian's dinosaur]

  • Captain Hawkins [killed by a Silurians' third eye]

  • Squire [killed by a Silurian]

  • Masters [killed after being infected with the Silurian's plague]

  • Sergeant Hart [killed by a Silurian]

  • Old Silurian [killed by the Young Silurian]

  • Young Silurian [killed when the Silurian base is blown up]

    • Silurian Scientist [possibly killed when the Silurian base is blown up]

    • Silurians [possibly killed when the Silurian base is blown up]

  • Private Wright [killed by a Silurian]

  • Private Upton [killed by a Silurian]

  • Technicians [two are killed by Silurians]

  • Ticket Collector [killed after coming in contact with Masters]

  • Londoners [killed after coming in contact with the Silurian's plague]

    • someone aboard is reported to have died from the plague

Number of Production Days: 16

Production Days

  • 16 Days between Wednesday 12 November 1969 - Monday 26 January 1970

Production Errors

  1. When Quinn arrives at Squire's farm he is wearing a wet coat. When the action cuts to the next shot (of the same scene) his coat is completely dry, somehow

  2. During episode five, one Silurian has a white object protruding from the shawl of the costume 

  3. During episode seven, a shadow appear behind The Doctor. The shadow does not belong to The Doctor, but to a a stagehand or possibly a floor manager

  4. When Major Baker gets up from the rock the Silurians put him on, the stone can be seen moving slightly

  5. .... and we have Carey Blyton's soundtrack​​

Working Titles

  • Doctor Who and the Monsters

Verdict

Its the classic story where two sets of races claims ownership over a piece of land (the Earth) and battle it out to see who the superiors beings are. The Doctor is placed in a situation where there are no easy answers and the monsters themselves have a valid claim to say the Earth is rightfully theirs. The Doctor displays one of his best appearances, trying to make allies with the Silurians instead of finding a way to stop them and eventually killing them. The Doctor is also quite vulnerable here where he has very little support from the people who are supposed to remain loyal to him. Liz Shaw proves to be an outstanding companion, remaining loyal to The Doctor in difficult situations. The story is pitted with sceptical, power-hungry, greedy scientists and politicians who ultimately make the situation a lot worse. The first three episodes only serve to introduce the monsters and push the story in the right direction making the last four episodes all the more entertaining. The Silurians are another race of well-thought out and realised creatures, each of which have their own personalities and traits. The scene of people collapsing at the Railway Station again puts everyday situations into a world of nightmares. The direction is top-notch from Combe who brings the production together whilst the ending of episode seven is one the best, and as for Blyton’s score the less said the better. *****