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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 1/30/19 9:29 pm
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This is the same as the hungry earth 2 parter are like that

(And it was this where Rory died sorry)
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/8/19 11:41 am
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This is the second part of a two part story written by Chris Chibnall who was to later become Showrunner. In the first part we were shown that a deep mining operation in near future South Wales has caused some members of the reptilian 'Silurian' race, who have been in suspended animation deep underground for millions of years, to attack the operation.

Most reviews you find of this story, including ratings on this site, seem to assess the two parts as being of equal quality or having equal faults. I disagree with that as I feel that this second part is far more problematic than the first part 'The Hungry Earth'. Yes they are probably equal in terms of entertainment and they are equal in production values of costume, effects, acting etc. but the only striking fault the first part was the reassertion of the classic series concept that the Silurians were a native species to Earth who evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. That concept is silly because only very early forms of land dwelling creatures existed at that time. To be fair that mistake originated in the 3rd Doctor era debut of the Silurians but this story COULD have changed that easily and asserted that the Silurians arrived on prehistoric Earth from an advanced world. That would be still far fetched but easier to understand. This second part introduces more new problems though.

The technology on show from the Silurians is so advanced that it is hammering home the unlikelihood of them being from ancient Earth but worse than that some of it just does not make sense. The way there are different kinds of suspended animation with thousands of them lined up like an army just looks odd and the idea of them remaining in such a state indefinately for no obvious reason is jarring. The Silurians are apparently speaking English so we can only assume the TARDIS telepathic powers are allowing this communication as in so many stories but neither they nor the humans question this. Admittedly it is boring to insist every alien species encountered has to go through the "how are we speaking the same language" conversation but this story in particular where two species from the same planet meet seems one where this should have been questioned.

The worst thing is that the plot is unsatisfactory in this episode. The mother killing the Silurian captive is not entirely convincing and shows utter stupidity. The Doctor's negotiations are silly expecting two random humans to be able to speak for humanity. When UNIT was involved in the original Silurian story it made sense. This one suggests the Doctor naively expects all of the nations of the world to just accept what Amy and Nasreen have negotiated! Silly. Also why does the Doctor not react at all to Amy and Rory from the future apparently coming to wave at them. That would probably have seemed weirder to them than it did in the episode and should really have puzzled the Doctor and maybe concerned him at the time.

When the continuing story arc of the crack in time comes in at the end it presents further issues for me. It has been previously established the light from the crack in time deletes you from history if you touch it and yet the Doctor reaches into the crack fearlessly! When you think that through it makes no sense. Why would he not feel that was an unnecessary risk at the very least?! Also why would reaching in be likely to achieve anything and isn't it actually pretty unlikely that he reaches in and picks out a piece of the TARDIS? It just does not ring true. The impact of Rory's emotional death scene is lessened by the fact he already apparently died only 2 episodes earlier and then was shown to have not died. The fact this death also gets 'undone' and Rory returns in a future episode also retrospectively makes this another in a long line of Moffatt faking deaths of main characters. I find this constant bringing back of the apparently dead companions (and Doctor) rather manipulative. I am not even counting things like Amy being dragged underground in 'The Hungry Earth' as that was not what I would call a fake death just a disappearance.

Overall this has too many issues, mixed quality dialogue and not enough plus points to overcome the downsides but it is not awful as it is still entertaining, has decent action, looks good and is mostly well acted with an apparent loss of Rory still seeming sad at the time despite Moffatt's insistence on undoing deaths.

I think a fair score is 5.5/10.