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Doctor Who: "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood"

Now these episodes I liked! In fact, there was quite a lot to love about this two-parter: Matt Smith's Doctor channeling Troughton and Pertwee without mugging too much (though I still sometimes feel like he's talking with his mouth full--thank goodness for closed captioning!), Amy actually getting to do stuff and be clever, Rory continuing to be awesome, a mature and suspenseful story with a good sense of humor at the appropriate times, and a familiar adversary I remember fondly from the old days. There was a certain subtle slyness to the production too, especially in its use of music reminiscent of the score to Planet of the Apes, that I appreciated.

I just wish we'd found out why bodies were being stolen out of the cemetery. As grace notes go, it's a good one, I just wish it had served a purpose to the plot.


And now for some of that Doctor Who neepery you all love! (Or at least I do.)

The Doctor has had a string of bad luck trying to broker peace between humans and the Silurians. He first encountered these lizard people in the 1970 serial "Doctor Who and the Silurians" (yes, that's the actual title!), where another industrial project brought them out of hibernation, this time an atomic research center located too close to their caves. In some ways the plot is almost identical to "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" in that an older Silurian almost succeeds in creating a peace treaty with the humans, with the Doctor's help, but an intolerant, younger Silurian decides war is better and tries to destroy the Van Allen Belt to wipe out humanity (go, 1970s science fiction!). Then Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT blow them up.

The second time was in the 1972 serial "The Sea Devils," which focused on the Silurians' amphibious cousins, whom the Master was trying to control so he could take over the world, or whatever it is the Master is always trying to do. It doesn't work, but the Doctor can't convince the Sea Devils to get along with anyone. Then the Master blows them up.

The third and final time, before now, was in the 1984 serial "Warriors of the Deep," which featured both the Silurians and the Sea Devils, who jointly intend to launch a human undersea military base's nuclear weapons in order to start a war topside that will destroy all of humanity and clear the planet for them. Once again peace offerings are rejected, and this time the Doctor actually helps blow them up.

So yeah, some bad luck there. Maybe things will work out better when the Silurians from "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" wake up again in 3020.

Oh, and just for the record, this is what the Silurians looked like back in the 1970s:



And here's what they look like now:



Yeah, something tells me things are going to work out better this time.

As a side note, I'm terribly upset about Rory, who's become my favorite character of the new season. However, I suspect we haven't seen the last of him. Or at least, I hope we haven't!
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