Doctor Who and the Silurians

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Story Code: BBB / Season 7 UK Airdate: 31 Jan to 14 Mar 1970
Doctor: Jon Pertwee Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Australia Aug 71 b/w
Singapore Oct 71 b/w
Hong Kong Dec 71 b/w
United States Aug 72 NTSC
Gibraltar Dec 72 b/w
Guam Sep 73 NTSC
New Zealand Apr 75 b/w
Philippines 76 NTSC
Saudi Arabia Apr 77 b/w
Lebanon Apr 77 b/w
Korea (South) Nov 77? NTSC or b/w
Japan Mar 78? NTSC
Bangladesh Aug 80 b/w
  • The story was dubbed into Arabic.
  • It was not sold anywhere in its original PAL format. The tapes had been wiped by 1973.
  • For Whose Doctor Who (broadcast on 3 April 1977) a black and white clip was used from Doctor Who and the Silurians as that format was the best copy available at the time.
  • It was by using an off-air recording taken off an October/November 1977 or February 1978 broadcast in Buffalo, New York, that enabled the BBC to attempt to restore the serial to full colour.
  • The New Zealand prints of this story (supplied to them from Australia in late 1974) were returned to the BBC in 1984. (Although episodes one and two were heavily cut.)


Reissue

  • It was released again in early 1985, as part of a package of all 24 Jon Pertwee stories, and sold in black and white only to the United States.
  • It was also later sold to:
Canada 1990s? b/w
Ireland Oct 99 b/w


Sample listings of The Silurians, from 1970s US TV Guides

US TV Guide descriptions (1970s Pertwees)

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Title: The Silurians

  • Episode 1: Investigating strange irregularities at an atomic research station. The KCET premiere said "Sci-fi soap opera produced by the BBC."
  • Episode 2: On the trail of the dangerous reptiles.
  • Episode 3: A killer reptile is on the loose.
  • Episode 4: Monsters capture Dr. Who
  • Episode 5: Reptiles unleash a deadly virus.
  • Episode 6: The plague spreads to London.
  • Episode 7: The monsters attack.


US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Silurians

  • Episode 1: The energy of an atomic research center awakens a hibernating race of intelligent reptiles.
  • Episode 2: The Doctor in on the trail of the dangerous reptiles.
  • Episode 3: A killer reptile is on the loose.
  • Episode 4: The Doctor is captured by the reptiles.
  • Episode 5: The reptiles release a deadly virus.
  • Episode 6: The plague spreads to London.
  • Episode 7: The reptiles attack.
  • Compilation: The energy from an atomic research center awakens a hibernating race of intelligent reptiles that threatens to take over the Earth—unless the Doctor can stop them.


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