The Hungry Earth
Episode / March 12, 2016

Aired 22 May 2010 The Silurians make a long overdue return to Doctor Who in ‘The Hungry Earth,’ the opening of a two-part adventure set to reintroduce the original denizens of this planet. The Silurians have never been the most menacing of villains, though they certainly possess a sinister edge wholly unique to their race, but writer Chris Chibnall is very respectful to the fantastic backstory and culture that they possess and provides a superb update for this classic foe in the process. Armed with the extra time that a two-parter affords, Chibnall takes his time with the revelations and stays very much in line with the classic format. As such, much of this first episode is spent in establishing the situation and supporting cast in a buildup to the eventual revelation of the Silurian race. This is best highlighted as a child is chased through a graveyard and people are forcibly pulled underground, all to great effect. Quite quickly, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory- missing their destination of Rio de Janeiro and instead landing in Wales ten years in the future- meet Meera Syal’s Nasreen Chaudhry and Robert Pugh’s Tony Mack, drillers who have drilled deeper into the crust…