Completed: The Silurians (Story #52)

½/5

While I believe this story is stretched a little too thin (seven episodes is unnecessary), I still enjoyed this serial for the most part. I enjoy watching the Doctor assist U.N.I.T., and am quite fond of Liz and the Brigadier. 

I liked the somber ending with which this serial concluded. Even after all that had transpired, the Doctor was still disgusted by the genocide of the Silurians. 

WIKIPEDIA FUN FACTS:

  • This story marks the first appearance of the Doctor’s yellow vintage car, Bessie.
  • The Doctor remarks in this episode, “You know, I’m beginning to lose confidence for the first time in my life — and that covers several thousand years.” This comment adds to the many conflicting ages for the Doctor provided in the television series over the years.
  • This story marks the first appearance of the Doctor’s yellow vintage car, Bessie.[1] The Doctor remarks in this episode, “You know, I’m beginning to lose confidence for the first time in my life — and that covers several thousand years.” This comment adds to the many conflicting ages for the Doctor provided in the television series over the years.
  • The term “Silurian” is never actually used by the creatures themselves; only by humans and the Doctor. Its use resulted in many letters from scientists and geologists who argued that it was impossible for a reptilian lifeform to have existed in the Silurian period. In the later The Sea Devils, the Doctor admits that the name “Silurian” is inaccurate and states they should more properly be called “Eocenes”, again an unlikely candidate for the creatures’ own era. Both names are mentioned in “The Hungry Earth”, along with the more generalised “Homo reptilia”. The Virgin New Adventures, beginning with Love and War refer to the creatures as Earth Reptiles for the most part. Ben Aaronovitch’s The Also People calls them Indigenous Terrans.
  • The Sea Devils, the aquatic cousins of the Silurians, would appear in The Sea Devils (1972). The Sea Devils and the Silurians return in Warriors of the Deep (1984). In Warriors of the Deep both they and the Sea Devils use “Silurian” to refer to themselves.
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