It’s another Whovian Wednesday (belated — sorry!! My computer flat out crashed last night…!) Let’s take a look at the Dino-round-up from Cory “Cash Money” Bowers with everyone’s favourite Doctor!!
So why has the series devoted < 1% of its episodes to our now extinct neighbors? — Well, that’s a long story…
To begin with, the first story to feature the monsters of our geologic past was a Third Doctor story known as ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs.’ An overall fun episode that featured The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and UNIT — it suffered only from a lack of adequate technology, as the dinosaurs featured (Brontosaurus, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex) were very poorly rendered.
This information taken into account, I should also point out this episode was filmed and aired nearly 15 years before the first CGI effects were used in the series, so the dinosaurs came out looking more like creatures from ‘Godzilla’ than anything from ‘Jurassic Park’ or ‘Primeval.’ But, that did not stop the Doctor from having further interactions with species from Earths distant past. Early in the Third Doctors run, we encounter two varieties of Homo Reptilia, known as Silurians and Sea Devils. These Humanoids are predecessors of Homo Sapiens to the Earth Biosphere, and our run-ins in the past have often been violent, usually resulting in the total destruction of our reptilian brothers.
This was the same result in the Fifth Doctor story ‘Warriors of the Deep’, but a new relationship had begun to be forged with the Eleventh Doctor in ‘The Hungry Earth’ and ‘Cold Blood’. However, it may be another thousand years before this hub of Silurians and Humanity will share the Earth again. The good news is that we have not had to wait so long for new stories featuring Silurians, as Madame Vastra has been featured in several episodes, including the final story before the 50th Anniversary, ‘The Name of the Doctor’.
However, back to the crux of the story: “When will there be more Dinosaurs, and what relevance do the Silurians have to this conversation?” I’m glad you asked! Because Silurians existed on Earth much, much earlier that humans have, they cohabited the Earth with Dinosaurs. As a result, this lead to a great episode in the new series called ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’. Furthermore, although the only other appearance of Dinosaurs in the series is a brief glimpse in ‘The Wedding of River Song’, references have been made to the prehistoric era in ‘An Unearthly Child’ and ‘Earthshock’, plus the Doctor has had fond memories of previous Dinosaur encounters in ‘The Happiness Patrol’. And to end on a note of speculation, with the end of the run of the hit ITV show ‘Primeval’, maybe there is room for more big, scaly creatures in the future?
— Cash Money
The Third Doctor and Sarah arrive in 1970s London to find it has been evacuated because dinosaurs have appeared mysteriously. It turns out the dinosaurs are being brought to London via a time machine to further a plan to revert London to a pre-technological level.
In 2367, the Indian Space Agency is on high alert as an unidentified spaceship hurtles towards the Earth. The Doctor assembles a team to investigate, including the legendary Queen Nefertiti, a big game hunter named Riddell, Amy, Rory… and Rory’s father, Brian. Materialising aboard the mystery ship, they’re surprised to find it populated by dinosaurs. With time running out before the ship is blasted out of the sky, the Doctor must confront a vicious criminal named Solomon, as the lives of his companions and the dinosaurs hang in the balance…
The Doctor and Jo visit the Master in his high-security prison on an island off the south coast of England. The governor, Colonel Trenchard, says ships have been disappearing mysteriously at sea.
The Hungry Earth: It’s 2020, and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth’s crust than man has ever gone before – but now the ground itself is fighting back. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.
Cold Blood: Once more the Doctor meets members of the Silurian race. However, this time, can he prevent them from being destroyed by humanity out of an act of self-presevation, or can he broker peace between them and bring about a better future for both races of planet Earth?
Well everybody, check back soon for more dino-glory!! 😀
— Elise M. Gross