Eleventh Doctor: The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood (dual review)

hungry-earth

Writer: Chris Chibnall

Director: Ashley Way

Producer: Peter Bennett

Series: 5, eps. 8 and 9

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)

Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory come upon future versions of Amy and Rory. The Doctor is intrigued and investigates. They discover a mining operation where people are being swallowed by the earth below, including a family that is visiting. They discover an underground civilization of Silurians. Are they planning an new war with humanity?

Review: I’ve always loved seeing classic monsters come back, and as a fan of the Pertwee era, I love the Silurians. They were great during that era, and this is a great update. (And for the record, I like the new look.) This is the episode that made me a fan of Amy Pond, as she tries to see things from their viewpoint. Neve McIntosh is great as Restae. (She would come back later in the era to play Vastra.) The set design for the Silurians’ city is excellent.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: This is the first appearance of the Silurians in the modern era. They last appeared on television in the Davison era episode “Warriors of the Deep”. The Doctor is again prevented from using his sonic screwdriver by wood. The Doctor once again says that monsters are scared of him, which he told Madame de Pompadour in “The Girl in the Fireplace”.

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