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5.8 - The Hungry Earth

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/7/19 2:34 pm
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This is the first part of a two part story written by Chris Chibnall who was later to become Showrunner after Steven Moffatt left the role. The story involves the Doctor, Amy and Rory arriving in a near future Earth in South Wales where a drilling operation encounters Silurians. It is clearly influenced by some bits of 3rd Doctor stories Inferno and The Green Death but is not in their league. This reintroduces the Silurians who were first shown in another 3rd Doctor story bearing their name.

This first part is fun and interesting with solid characterisation and acting and an effective new look Silurian. Some may dislike the rebooted Silurians because they are different to those who first appeared in Season 7 of the classic series. I have no problem with that as the design is good enough and meets needs for a modern, slick series. This is one of many 'retcons' of the Moffatt era, to have a different Silurian race and add to their back story but in this episode there are no new problems with the creatures. The only problem is a pre-existing one from their original concept which is that they were a native Earth species long before humans. This concept was always poor and the fact they reinforce that concept in this 'reboot' is a shame. I never understood why they did not suggest the Silurians originated from another world and simply arrived on Earth in prehistoric times. They could certainly have included that in this story to retcon the Silurians with much improved concept logic. Instead they (Moffatt as well as Chibnall) chose to keep it that they were native to Earth and originated hundreds of millions of years ago. The reality of this is ridiculous as only very early forms of life are known to have existed near that time. The idea of a highly developed race with very advanced technology and science coming from such an ancient time in Earth history is a stupid idea they should have changed. To be fair I cannot judge this episode too harshly for keeping an idea which arose in an otherwise superb story from the classic show. However, I can judge the second part of the story for worsening the believability with new aspects.

In this episode problems are at a minimum and there is fun, excitement and drama so this is a decent episode. Nothing special but a solid 7.5/10. Part 2 would turn out to be less satisfactory.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/28/18 11:42 am
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I can't hidde it: I didn't like Matt Smith's Doctor. His voice is boring and slow, his acting is very poor and his Doctor think like a child and it became irritating. Amy is boring to and this episode could've been forgettable if the Silurian weren't in.

The Doctor don't do anything interseting, peoples diapear so he investigate. He haven't any great line. He is so stupid it became very very boring to heard always the same things or have the same skecth of 'Rio ! Ha, we aren't in Rio'.

Amy, I didn't like her, she is blank, to blank. She is kidnapped after 15 minutes and stay under the Earth during the whole episode. Without any movement or any good line.
Rory is the best character of this episode, funny, human. Well he cat like a real human would act if he was in front of aliens or if his lover was captured. Darvill is a good actor and it's sad that he appeared alongside this Doctor.

The plot is good,I haven't anything special to say about it.

The supporting characters are intersting (some of them) or useless (the others). The Silurian aren't the good old hardback beast we've know with their T-rex. Here they're really ugly, the actor's mask is very very ugly and didn't look like the real Silurian of the good old 70' (perhaps they're mutants). But they were the only real good point of this story.

Just watch this if you can't sleep. Matt Smith and his slow voice will make you fall asleep quickly.