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Warriors of the Deep
Doctor Who, episode 131 (21.2)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:36
When reptiles attack!
The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arrive at an underwater Sea Base on Earth, where a scientific and military team led by Commander Vorshak are monitoring a rival power bloc. The team undergo regular missile launch test sequences to ensure that they are ready at all times to combat an attack.
Three Silurians led by Icthar - the surviving member of a Silurian triad - revive a colony of Sea Devil Warriors in order to invade the base and use its weapons to attack the opposing power bloc, thus provoking a global war that will allow the reptiles to conquer the Earth.
The Doctor uses ultra-violet light to destroy the reptiles' giant electrified sea beast, the Myrka. When it appears that there is no other option, he also reluctantly suggests using hexachromite gas to kill the remaining invaders. While this is done, he links his own brain into the base's computer to prevent the firing of the missiles.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:03
Warriors of the Deep is a classic case of well-written scripts being let down by inappropriate production. The basic premise of a future Earth where two superpowers are facing off against one another with their respective arsenals of nuclear weapons poised to fire is an intriguing one with a great deal of promise. An added bonus is that writer Johnny Byrne astutely avoids identifying the two power blocs in conventional 20th Century terms. The plotting is also good, and the return of the...
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