Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)

UK, 31 January 1970-14 March 1970
7 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (1970)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death (1970)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 7, episodes 5-11

A British television science fiction serial directed by Timothy Combe from scripts by Malcolm Hulke. This story is one of only a few not to feature the TARDIS at all. It is also the only story to feature the words Doctor Who in its title

Plot Summary

An underground research centre Wenley Moor is experiencing problems in its research into a new type of nuclear reactor. Investigating the local caves the Doctor encounters the Silurians an ancient race of intelligent reptiles revived by the nuclear experiments. The Doctor attempts to find a peaceful solution as the Silurians launch attacks on Earth.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Timothy Combe [episodes 1-7]
© [not given on screen] [episodes 1-7]
BBC TV [episodes 1-7]
Producer: Barry Letts [episodes 1-7]
[Written] By: Malcolm Hulke [episodes 1-7]
Script Editor: Terrance Dicks [episodes 3-7]
Studio Lighting: Ralph Walton [episode 7]
Film Cameraman: Fred Hamilton [episodes 3, 7]
Film Editor: Bill Huthert [episodes 3, 7]
Videotape Editor: Sam Upton [episode 7]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-7]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music by: Carey Blyton [episodes 1-7]
Sound: John Staple [episode 7]
Special Sounds by: Brian Hodgson & BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episode 7]
Costumes: Christine Rawlins [episode 7]
Makeup: Marion Richards, Teresa Wright [episode 7]<ref>Although they are both credited only episode 7, Marion Richards did the make-up for episodes 1-4 and Teresa Wright worked on episodes 5-7.</ref>
Visual Effects by: James Ward [episodes 3-7]
Designer: Barry Newbery [episodes 1-7]
Production Assistant: Chris D’Oyly-John
Assistant Floor Manager: Sue Hedden

Cast
Episode 1
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Fulton Mackay (Dr Quinn)
Norman Jones (Major Baker)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)
Ian Cunningham (Dr Meredith)
Roy Branigan (Roberts)
John Newman (Spencer)
Bill Matthews (Davis)

Episode 2
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Fulton Mackay (Dr Quinn)
Norman Jones (Major Baker)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Nancie Jackson (Doris Squire)
Gordon Richardson (Squire)
Pat Gorman (Silurian)
Peter Halliday (Silurian voice)

Episode 3
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Fulton Mackay (Dr Quinn)
Norman Jones (Major Baker)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Pat Gorman (Silurian)

Episode 4
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Norman Jones (Major Baker)
Geoffrey Palmer (Masters)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Richard Steele (Sergeant Hart)
Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)
Ian Talbot (Travis)
Dave Carter (old Silurian)
Nigel Johns (young Silurian)
Peter Halliday (Silurian voices)
Paul Barton, Simon Cain, John Churchill, Pat Gorman (Silurians)

Episode 5
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Norman Jones (Major Baker)
Geoffrey Palmer (Masters)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Thomasine Heiner (Miss Dawson)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Harry Swift (Robins)
Dave Carter (old Silurian)
Nigel Johns (young Silurian)
Pat Gorman (Silurian scientist)
Peter Halliday (Silurian voices)
Paul Barton, Simon Cain, John Churchill (Silurians)

Episode 6
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Geoffrey Palmer (Masters)
Peter Miles (Dr Lawrence)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Richard Steele (Sergeant Hart)
Alan Mason (Corporal Nutting)
Derek Pollitt (Private Wright)
Brendan Barry (hospital doctor)
Nigel Johns (young Silurian)
Pat Gorman (Silurian scientist)
Simon Cain (Silurian)
Peter Halliday (Silurian voices)

Episode 7
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who)
Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
Paul Darrow (Captain Hawkins)
Alan Mason (Corporal Nutting)
Nigel Johns (young Silurian)
Pat Gorman (Silurian scientist)
Peter Halliday (Silurian voices)
Paul Barton, Simon Cain, Dave Carter, John Churchill (Silurians)

Uncredited
Sheila Knight [receptionist]
Gillian Toll [nurse]
Barry Letts [man]
Keith Ashley, Terry Denville, Ronald Gough, Joan Harsvant, Peter Holmes, Richard King, Leonard Kingston, Stewart Myers, Cara Stevens, Cy Town [technicians]
Alex Donald, Brian Haughton, Mark Johnson, David Melbourne, John Spradbury [soldiers]
Bernard Barnsley, Paul Barton, David Billa, Willy Bowman, Peter Brett, Constance Carling, Sue Casters, Hugh Cecil, Norton Clark, Alan Clements, Colin Cunningham, Alison Daumler, Jim Delaney, Josie Dent, Ray Denton, Antonio Di Maggio, John Doye, Michael Earl, Bella Emberg, Mostyn Evans, Stenson Falcke, Keith Goodman, Pat Gorman, Paul Hawking, Walter Henry, Alan Hood, Harold Horsham, Jean Hylton, Nigel Johns, Barry Kennington, Joanna Lawrence, Michael Lomax, Iona Maccree, Olive Macneil, Alan Mason, Pat Matthews, Patrick Milner, Michael Moor, Maureen Nelson, Roy Pearce, David Perry, Derek Pollitt, Liz Powers. Ray Rashley, Peter Ray, Winifred Ray, Betty Richardson, George Romanoff. Jean Shannon, John Shorter, Brendan Skilton, Richard Steele, Rosina Stewart, Harry Swift, Lynn Turner, Alan Viccare, Joyce Windsor, Harold White [extras]

Alternative Titles

The Silurians – working title

Extracts included in
The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977)

References

Books
Doctor Who – The Handbook: The Third Doctor p.278 – credits
Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.185-189 – credits, synopsis, review