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Note: Episode 1 only existed for many years as a black and white film recording. For the DVD release a color restoration was attempted, with partial success, and the disc includes both versions.

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Note: Episode 1 only existed for many years as a black and white film recording. For the DVD release a color colour restoration was attempted, with attempted; unlike other Third Doctor stories which only survived in black and white, the result was only a partial success, and the disc includes both versions.
a high quality monochrome version and a "best efforts" unrestored colour version.


* AffablyEvil: Charles Grover. So courteous to everyone he meets, all the while planning to RetGone the Silurians and nearly all the human race in the name of Gaia.

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* AffablyEvil: Charles Grover. So courteous to everyone he meets, all the while planning to RetGone the Silurians and nearly all the human race in the name of Gaia.



* BeingEvilSucks: By siding with Operation Golden Age, Yates not only alienates his friends, but also finds himself reluctantly doing things that would harm them.

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* BeingEvilSucks: By siding with Operation Golden Age, Yates not only alienates his friends, friends but also finds himself reluctantly doing things that would harm them.



* MakeItLookLikeAStruggle: Benton is told to take the Doctor into custody. Once Yates has gone, and Benton has ordered the other soldiers away, comes this exchange:

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* MakeItLookLikeAStruggle: Benton is told to take the Doctor into custody. Once Yates has gone, gone and Benton has ordered the other soldiers away, comes this exchange:



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Operation Golden Age, believing that the environment could not be saved, sent a shipload of volunteers on a FauxtasticVoyage to "another world", to disembark after time had been reversed back to the Mesozoic and the rest of humanity (as well as all the Silurians) written out of history.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Operation Golden Age. Desperate to save the planet, people mean to move back time and RetGone everyone save their chosen few.
* WhamEpisode: The suspenseful tone of the first episode, as well as the morally ambiguous villains and Phillips' bloody death heralded the darker tone the series would take in the Creator/RobertHolmes era. However, probably the most devastating event in the story is Yates's betrayal, not only marking the first time a regular companion had outright turned on the Doctor but also shattering the secure, cosy feeling of the UNIT family and heralding the series' return to the Doctor's more nomadic lifestyle. It's also a bit of a [[BookEnds book-end]], being the last Creator/MalcolmHulke script, one of the defining GreyAndGreyMorality writers and of the Pertwee era.

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Operation Golden Age, believing that the environment could not be saved, sent a shipload of volunteers on a FauxtasticVoyage to "another world", to disembark after time had been reversed back to the Mesozoic and the rest of humanity (as well as all the Silurians) written out of history.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Operation Golden Age. Desperate to save the planet, people they mean to move back time and RetGone everyone save their chosen few.
* WhamEpisode: The suspenseful tone of the first episode, episode as well as the morally ambiguous villains and Phillips' bloody death heralded the darker tone the series would take in the Creator/RobertHolmes era. However, However probably the most devastating event in the story is Yates's betrayal, not only marking the first time a regular companion one of his allies had outright turned on the Doctor but also shattering the secure, cosy feeling of the UNIT family and heralding the series' return to the Doctor's more nomadic lifestyle. It's also a bit of a [[BookEnds book-end]], being the last Creator/MalcolmHulke script, one of the defining GreyAndGreyMorality writers and of the Pertwee era.


* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Grover
** TheEvilGenius: Whitaker
** TheDragon: Finch
** TheBrute: Butler
** TheDarkChick: Mike Yates. (Also colonist leader Ruth).


-> ''"Good grief, it's a triceratops! Look Brigadier, try and keep it occupied while I'm finishing this off, will you?"''

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-> ''"Good grief, it's a triceratops! Look Look, Brigadier, try and keep it occupied while I'm finishing this off, will you?"''



The Doctor brings Sarah back to 20th Century London, only to find it deserted. They're soon arrested as looters and, after a very nice photo session at the police station, duly try to escape. Although their attempt to run away fails rather miserably, the Brigadier is soon handed the files of all captured criminals of the day and fixes the "typical, ''absolutely typical''" situation as soon as he can. Back with UNIT, the Brigadier explains that the city has been evacuated due to the sudden, random and unexplained appearances of dinosaurs.

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[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior The Doctor brings Sarah Jane back to 20th Century London, London]], only to find it deserted. They're soon arrested as looters and, after a very nice photo session at the police station, duly try to escape. Although their attempt to run away fails rather miserably, the Brigadier is soon handed the files of all captured criminals of the day and fixes the "typical, ''absolutely typical''" situation as soon as he can. Back with UNIT, the Brigadier explains that the city has been evacuated due to the sudden, random and unexplained appearances of dinosaurs.



Sarah Jane manages to solve the plot before anyone else, getting kidnapped and almost murdered for her troubles... until she wakes up from an alleged "cryogenic sleep" on an eco-warrior spaceship headed for planet "New Earth". When she tries to explain to its occupants that the nearest star is ''four light years away'' and they couldn't possibly get there within one generation, they lock her in the propaganda room to cool down. She escapes, naturally, and simply walks out of the "airlock" and up a flight of stairs to rejoin the plot back in London. The whole thing turns out to be a conspiracy led by a government minister, Charles Grover, who is using a MadScientist, Professor Whitaker, to clear London of people by bringing dinosaurs forward in time. They then plan to use a rudimentary time machine to return the Earth outside London to a pre-technological age, erasing most of the human race from history so that they can repopulate the planet with eugenically-selected "colonists". These are the eco-warriors, who are currently in a mocked-up spaceship in the minister's basement, believing they are on their way to colonise a new world.

To make things even more difficult for Sarah Jane and the Doctor, the head of the army controlling London, General Finch, is involved. Once the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton realise that Mike has become a MinionWithAnFInEvil to Grover, they allow the Doctor to escape (Benton by allowing a Venusian neck pinch and voluntarily letting the Doctor knock him out cold) and go confront the minister and his lackeys. Also, the Doctor drives Creator/JonPertwee's car for a bit, which is ''the most awesome vehicle in the universe''.

The Doctor and the Brigadier raid the underground HQ of the conspiracy, helped when Sarah enlightens the "colonists", who rebel. In a struggle with the Doctor over the controls of the time machine, the Doctor uses his BizarreAlienBiology to withstand the time reversal and ReverseThePolarity. Grover accidentally transports himself and Whitaker back to the time of the dinosaurs.

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Sarah Jane manages to solve the plot before anyone else, getting kidnapped and almost murdered for her troubles... until she wakes up from an alleged "cryogenic sleep" on an eco-warrior spaceship headed for the planet "New Earth". When she tries to explain to its occupants that the nearest star is ''four light years away'' and they couldn't possibly get there within one generation, they lock her in the propaganda room to cool down. She escapes, naturally, and simply walks out of the "airlock" and up a flight of stairs to rejoin the plot back in London. The whole thing turns out to be a conspiracy led by a government minister, Charles Grover, who is using a MadScientist, Professor Whitaker, to clear London of people by bringing dinosaurs forward in time. They then plan to use a rudimentary time machine to return the Earth outside London to a pre-technological age, erasing most of the human race from history so that they can repopulate the planet with eugenically-selected "colonists". These are the eco-warriors, who are currently in a mocked-up spaceship in the minister's basement, believing they are on their way to colonise colonize a new world.

To make things even more difficult for Sarah Jane and the Doctor, the head of the army controlling London, General Finch, is involved. Once the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton realise realize that Mike has become a MinionWithAnFInEvil to Grover, they allow the Doctor to escape (Benton by allowing a Venusian neck pinch and voluntarily letting the Doctor knock him out cold) and go confront the minister and his lackeys. Also, the Doctor drives Creator/JonPertwee's car for a bit, which is ''the most awesome vehicle in the universe''.

The Doctor and the Brigadier raid the underground HQ of the conspiracy, conspiracy helped when Sarah enlightens the "colonists", who rebel. In a struggle with the Doctor over the controls of the time machine, the Doctor uses his BizarreAlienBiology to withstand the time reversal and ReverseThePolarity. Grover accidentally transports himself and Whitaker back to the time of the dinosaurs.



Note: Episode 1 only existed for many years as a black and white film recording. For the DVD release a colour restoration was attempted, with partial success, and the disc includes both versions.

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Note: Episode 1 only existed for many years as a black and white film recording. For the DVD release a colour color restoration was attempted, with partial success, and the disc includes both versions.



* ActionGirl: Sarah tackles a knife wielding thug and stops him from stabbing the doctor.

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* ActionGirl: Sarah tackles a knife wielding knife-wielding thug and stops him from stabbing the doctor.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once she realises she's not in space, Sarah Jane walks out of the mock-spaceship, goes upstairs and rejoins the main plot.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once she realises realizes she's not in space, Sarah Jane walks out of the mock-spaceship, goes upstairs and rejoins the main plot.


* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', ''Apatosaurus'', and ''Triceratops'' were never indigenous to Great Britain, so a purely time-travel-based technology shouldn't have been able to bring them to London. Only the (unnamed) pterosaur averts this trope.

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* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', ''Apatosaurus'', and ''Triceratops'' were never indigenous to Great Britain, so a purely time-travel-based technology shouldn't have been able to bring them to London. Only the (unnamed) pterosaur averts this trope.trope for certain; ''Stegosaurus'' may or may not, as its fossils have been found as nearby as Portugal.


* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' and ''Triceratops'' were never found in Great Britain, so a purely time-travel-based technology shouldn't have been able to bring them to London.

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* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' rex'', ''Apatosaurus'', and ''Triceratops'' were never found in indigenous to Great Britain, so a purely time-travel-based technology shouldn't have been able to bring them to London.London. Only the (unnamed) pterosaur averts this trope.


* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' was never found in Great Britain.

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* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' was and ''Triceratops'' were never found in Great Britain.Britain, so a purely time-travel-based technology shouldn't have been able to bring them to London.


* MisplacedWildlife: ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' was never found in Great Britain.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The stegosaurus which briefly appears just before the Doctor's arrest isn't shown to vanish back to the past ''or'' be killed or captured by UNIT's forces. For all we know, it could still be standing there in the warehouse at the end of the story.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The stegosaurus which briefly appears just before the Doctor's arrest isn't shown to vanish back to the past ''or'' be killed or captured by UNIT's forces. For all we know, it could still be standing there in the warehouse at the end of the story.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The stegosaurus which briefly appears just before the Doctor's arrest isn't shown to vanish back to the past ''or'' be killed or captured by UNIT's forces. For all we know, it could still be standing there in the warehouse at the end of the story.

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* TapOnTheHead: Sarah Jane is briefly knocked silly while trapped in a room when a wooden cross-beam falls on her head. The Doctor shows up shortly after and gets her out.


* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Operation Golden Age, believing that the environment could not be saved, [[spoiler:sent a shipload of volunteers on a FauxtasticVoyage to "another world", to disembark after time had been reversed back to the Mesozoic and the rest of humanity (as well as all the Silurians) written out of history.]]

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Operation Golden Age, believing that the environment could not be saved, [[spoiler:sent sent a shipload of volunteers on a FauxtasticVoyage to "another world", to disembark after time had been reversed back to the Mesozoic and the rest of humanity (as well as all the Silurians) written out of history.]]


* MakeItLookLikeAstruggle: Benton is told to take the Doctor into custody. Once Yates has gone, and Benron has ordered the other soldiers away, comes this exchange:

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* MakeItLookLikeAstruggle: MakeItLookLikeAStruggle: Benton is told to take the Doctor into custody. Once Yates has gone, and Benron Benton has ordered the other soldiers away, comes this exchange:


-->'''Benton:'' Right then, Doctor, you'd better get busy.\\

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-->'''Benton:'' -->'''Benton:''' Right then, Doctor, you'd better get busy.\\

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* MakeItLookLikeAstruggle: Benton is told to take the Doctor into custody. Once Yates has gone, and Benron has ordered the other soldiers away, comes this exchange:
-->'''Benton:'' Right then, Doctor, you'd better get busy.\\
'''Doctor:''' What?\\
'''Benton:''' You'd better start overpowering me, hadn't you. You know, a bit of your Venusian oojah?\\
'''Doctor:''' Thank you, Sergeant Benton.\\
'''Doctor:''' Are you ready?\\
'''Benton:''' Yeah!\\
''(Benton tenses and shuts his eyes tight. The Doctor uses the pressure grip at the back of Benton's neck to put him to sleep.)''


* WhamEpisode: The suspenseful tone of the first episode, as well as the morally ambiguous villains and Phillips' bloody death heralded the darker tone the series would take in the Creator/RobertHolmes era. However, probably the most devastating event in the story is Yates's betrayal, not only marking the first time a regular companion had outright turned on the Doctor but also shattering the secure, cosy feeling of the UNIT family and heralding the series' return to the Doctor's more nomadic lifestyle.

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* WhamEpisode: The suspenseful tone of the first episode, as well as the morally ambiguous villains and Phillips' bloody death heralded the darker tone the series would take in the Creator/RobertHolmes era. However, probably the most devastating event in the story is Yates's betrayal, not only marking the first time a regular companion had outright turned on the Doctor but also shattering the secure, cosy feeling of the UNIT family and heralding the series' return to the Doctor's more nomadic lifestyle. It's also a bit of a [[BookEnds book-end]], being the last Creator/MalcolmHulke script, one of the defining GreyAndGreyMorality writers and of the Pertwee era.

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