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|Released: ||January 2020 (physical release)|
April 2020 (print-on-demand release)
|Publisher: ||Obverse Books|
Note: The print-on-demand edition is identical to the regular edition, but has a glossy cover instead of the original’s matt cover.
‘If the Brigadier won’t listen to reason, Liz, maybe the Silurians will.’
In the face of hopelessness, are we still compelled to do the right thing? No Doctor Who story encapsulates the layered complexity of science versus ethics more than The Silurians (1970). The story raises issues of land rights, the 1970s energy crisis, technological innovation, animal experimentation and the role of the military. Science is presented as the solution to many of the problems, but terrible acts result from the morality of the choices made by both humans and Silurians — and an exiled Time Lord.
Robert Smith? is a professor of disease modelling, and an author and editor.
THE BLACK ARCHIVE:
Book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day
“A grandly ambitious thing to attempt with something as exhaustively detailed as (Doctor Who). But they actually manage it. Treat your bookshelf."
—Doctor Who Magazine