Wenley Moor, a secret Derbyshire atomic research center where a reactor
converting nuclear energy to electrical power is being developed, work
is being held up by inexplicable power losses and breakdowns among staff. The
Doctor traces the trouble to underground caves where prehistoric monsters
live with a nest of highly intelligent man-like reptiles, the Silurians.
They went into hibernation millions of years ago but have been resuscitated
by accidental electric discharges from the research center. They now claim
back 'their' Earth. The Doctor strives for harmony between Man and
Silurian and first seems to succeed with the old Silurian. But then the
rebellious and intolerant Young Silurian releases a terrible disease that
will wipe out Humans. The Doctor finds an antidote. The Silurians
take over the research center and plan to destroy the Van Allen Belt,
which shields Earth from the Sun. The reptiles are tricked into returning
to their caves by the threat of radiation and the Brigadier - to the Doctor's
disgust blows then up.
The Doctor: Jon
Dr. Liz Shaw: Caroline
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Dr. Lawrence: Peter
Miss Dawson: Thomasine
Dr. Quinn: Fulton
Dr. Meredith: Ian
Silurian Scientist: Pat
Old Silurian: Dave
Young Silurian: Nigel
Barton, Simon Cain, John Churchill
Silurian Voice: Peter
Doris Squire: Nancie
Corporal Nutting: Alan
Derrick Sherwin, Peter Bryant (uncredited).
Script Editor: Terrence
Trevor Ray (uncredited)
Director: Derek Martinus.
Make up: Cynthia Goodwin.
Visual Effects: John
Music : Dudley
Simpson. Featured "Oh Well (Part One)" by Fleetwood Mac.
as "Doctor Who And The Silurians"
by Malcolm Hulke (0 426 11471 X)
first published as "Doctor Who and The Cave Monsters" by
Universal Tandem (became W. H. Allen) in 1974 with cover by Chris Achilleos.
New edition in 1992 by Virgin Publishing Ltd. with cover by Alister Pearson.
Target library number 9.
as "Doctor Who and The Silurians" in the UK (BBCV
4990) first released in 1993 with electronically restored color as a double-tape,
Also released in Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4990) on
single tape. US & Canada release in 1995 (CBS/FOX catalogue #8256,
reclassified as WHV #E1278) as a double-tape release. Cover by Andrew
was actually titled "Doctor Who and The Silurians".
This was the first story made on color videotape.
This story saw the debut of the Silurians, also known as Earth Reptiles,
and the Doctor's yellow roadster, "Bessie".
episodes exist as the PALD3 restorations, the original NTSC U-matic dubs
and the monochrome telerecordings. Only the black & white film telerecordings
were retained in the UK as recovered from BBC Enterprises in 1978.
recording in TC1. (15,
1969; 5, 12 January 1970)
recording in TC3. (8
recording in TC8. (19,
26 January 1970)
Station, Melcombe Place, Marylebone,
(12, 24November 1969)
Dorset Square/Balcombe Street, Marylebone,
London, NW1. (12
Walkway by Swanscombe House, Edward Woods Estate, corner Queensdale Crescent
and St. Ann's Road, Shepard's Bush, London, NW11. (12
Lane, Tilford, Surrey.
Common Ministry Of Defence Base, Rushmoor, Surrey.
Chest Hospital, Tuesley Lane, Milford, Surrey. (19
High Street, Godalming, Surrey. (20
Back Transmitter Station,
Hog's Back, Guildford, Surrey.
(20 November 1969)
1 - When Major Baker leaves his security
conference with the Brigadier (after the Brig says the Doctor is his personal
responsibility), Norman Jones can't get his briefcase to shut properly
and has to walk out holding it closed with both hands.
1, 2, 5 - In episode 1 Liz's belt
is tied to her left, but in episode 2 it's tied to her right. In episode
5, when she has that same outfit on again, the belt's back to being tied
to her left.
3 - When Dr. Quinn turns up at
Squire's farm it's raining heavily, unlike all the other outdoor scenes
in this episode. In the next scene in the barn, he starts with his jacket
soaking wet, up until the Doctor's line, "I understood you weren't
feeling too well". From that point onward, Quinn's jacket is suddenly
5 - When the Old Silurian is talking
to the Doctor in the control room, the headpiece of his costume is loose,
and the piece of white tape (or velcro?) meant to hold it attached to
his body is very visible.
5 - As a Silurian prepares
to revive Major Baker in the caves, the actor catches his foot on some
kind of cable lying on the floor of the set. Then, when Baker wakes up
and moves off, the fiberglass rock on which he was lying wobbles noticeably.
6 - Another loose Silurian
headpiece, this time on the Young Silurian, as he commands the removal
of the Old Silurian's body.
6 - After
ranting to Liz about the complaints he intends to make to the Brigadier,
Dr. Lawrence brushes past him in the doorway of the conference room without
6 - The
Silurians burst into the cyclotron room and start killing the technicians
before the Doctor stops them. As one Silurian turns to face the Doctor,
his third eye keeps flashing for an extra few seconds.
7 - It is
explained that the Van Allen belt protects Earth from harmful radiation,
but in reality it's the ozone layer that performs this function.
7 - The
Doctor sets the reactor to overload and the Silurians make a dramatic
exit – except, where do they walk off to? The only exit from the cyclotron
room is by way of the raised outer control room, but the humans watch
the Silurians walk away from that. To all appearances they just vanish
off the set.