Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part One 

The Doctor and Sarah return to London in the present day only to find the city strangely deserted, while nearby UNIT are dealing with a series of monster appearances.

Director:

Paddy Russell

Writer:

Malcolm Hulke
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
John Bennett ... General Finch
Richard Franklin ... Captain Yates
John Levene ... Sergeant Benton
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Lieutenant Shears
Dave Carter ... Sergeant Duffy
Martin Taylor Martin Taylor ... Corporal Norton
George Bryson George Bryson ... Private Ogden
John Caesar John Caesar ... R / T Soldier
Gordon Reid Gordon Reid ... Phillips
Trevor Lawrence Trevor Lawrence ... Lodge
Terry Walsh ... Warehouse Looter
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Dick Mills ... Dinosaur (voice)
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The Doctor and Sarah return to London in the present day only to find the city strangely deserted, while nearby UNIT are dealing with a series of monster appearances.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1974 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first episode to bear an individual title since Doctor Who: The O.K. Corral (1966), the final episode of the four-part story "The Gunfighters", which was the last Doctor Who (1963) adventure to have individual episode titles. See more »

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The first part sets the scene and promises much.
1 October 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I'm giving the opening episode a ten, I know that may seem bonkers to some, but I'll try and make the case. Firstly, the atmosphere generated in this episode is first rate, London empty, and under threat, the production team did a first rate job in making it all feel real, a bleak and deserted London, with no answers as to why. Pertwee and Sladen make for a great duo, for me Jon was at the height of his powers during his last series, nowhere more so then here. The production feels very slick (before the dinosaurs arrive I know,) with great film work, great music and fine direction. Not sure if I'm right, but when we get to see the robber's body covered in blood, wasn't that a first? and quite unusual for TV at this time?

I know the first thing many will say about subsequent episodes is that the dinosaurs were rubbish, and I agree, but as a hook, this first episode is excellent, similar to Android Invasion's opener, felt creepy and atmospheric.

Part one is hugely underrated. 10/10


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