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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:345:[[Series/BarneyAndFriends I love you, you love me...]] [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEONK!!!]]]]²-> ''"Good grief, it's a triceratops! Look, Brigadier, try and keep it occupied while I'm finishing this off, will you?"''²-->-- '''The Doctor'''²²The one with the dodgy dinosaurs.²²[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior The Doctor brings Sarah Jane 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.²²The Doctor's plan to capture a dinosaur to track the energy from its disappearance back to the source is foiled through sabotage of none other than Captain Mike Yates - who, however, doesn't want the Doctor to come to any harm. ²²Sarah 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 colonize a new world.²²To 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 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''. ²²The 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. ²²The Brigadier offers Yates the chance to resign quietly. Benton revels in the fact he got a chance to punch a general in the nose, while the Doctor convinces Sarah to get back on board the TARDIS after tempting her with a trip to Florana, a place he thinks is one of the most beautiful planets in the universe. Following a futile attempt to ignore him, she merrily gives in.²²Note: Episode 1 only existed for many years as a black and white film recording. For the DVD release a colour restoration was attempted; unlike other Third Doctor stories which only survived in black and white, the result was only a partial success, and the disc includes a high quality monochrome version and a "best efforts" unrestored colour version.²²----²!!Tropes²²* ActionGirl: Sarah tackles a knife-wielding thug and stops him from stabbing the doctor.²* AffablyEvil: Charles Grover. So courteous to everyone he meets, all the while planning to RetGone nearly all the human race in the name of Gaia.²* AirVentPassageway: Sarah gets locked in a closet and escapes through the air-duct.²* AntiVillain: Yates, Grover and the chosen in Operation Golden Age.²* BeingEvilSucks: By siding with Operation Golden Age, Yates not only alienates his friends but also finds himself reluctantly doing things that would harm them.²* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: The people on the "spaceship" voluntarily enter a brainwashing room to "remind themselves of the truth".²** Though it's not MindControl, simply being locked in a room and forced to watch a greeny propaganda film that won't turn off unless the door is open.²* BriefAccentImitation: The Doctor puts on a Cockney accent in order to impersonate a criminal.²* BringItBackAlive: The Doctor and UNIT attempt to capture one of the dinosaurs alive.²* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction: UNIT soldier Private Bryson is ordered to get tea for the Doctor. While Bryson is out getting the tea, Yates arrives and holds the Doctor, Sgt. Benton and the Brigadier at gunpoint. When Bryson, unaware of what's going on, returns with the tea, Yates gets distracted and Benton uses this opportunity to disarm him. ²* CuffsOffRubWrists: The Doctor and Sarah Jane rub their wrists when they get them off after they escape deportation. Later on, Sarah rubs her wrists after she'd been tied up on the fake spaceship.²* EasilyForgiven: Yates is simply removed from UNIT.²* EcoTerrorist: The Golden Age crew are trying to RetGone the entire human race except themselves to wipe out environmental damage.²* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs²* EvilLuddite: The villains' motivation.²* FaceHeelTurn: Captain Yates.²* FakedRipVanWinkle: This is the way the villains get Sarah out of the way - they knock her out and have her wake up aboard the FauxtasticVoyage. She realizes it's fake when she realizes she still has a fresh bump on her head.²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: There is a short but extremely gory shot of the dead Phillips with half his face ripped off.²* FauxtasticVoyage: The colonists sincerely believe that they're on their way to a new planet. Apparently they don't have any mathematicians on board, or someone would question the fact that the trip is only three months long. (Given that the nearest solar system, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away, this would require travelling at ''sixteen times the speed of light'', as Sarah Jane wearily points out).²** This gets [[HandWave Hand Waved]] by one of the colonists, who mentions some kind of new space drive.²* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A soldier can be seen reading a porno magazine.²* GulliverTieDown: Proves insufficient to restrain the stunned ''T. rex'' when Sarah Jane's camera-flash rouses it.²* HangingJudge: Shears, the Army officer that has to judge the looters, seems more annoyed with his job than anything else, so he spends about ten seconds on each case and finds everybody guilty.²* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: General Finch to Sarah Jane. She didn't, but she left a note on the desk.²* HitMeDammit: Benton to the Doctor, when Finch orders him to hold the Doctor prisoner.²** Also used earlier when the Doctor and Lodge, one of the looters, stage a fistfight to distract a guard.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Grover and Whitaker are sent back in time by Whitaker's machine after the Doctor reverses the polarity. Grover was foolish enough to make a break for the lever, and Whitaker failed to stop him from tugging it down.²* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Sarah gets captured twice through treating first Grover and then Finch as {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s without noticing their treachery. Particularly bad the second time, as she's incredibly trusting of Finch at a point when she knows anyone could be potentially in on the conspiracy. She openly lampshades it when Finch pulls a gun on her. ²-->'''Sarah Jane''': Boy, I really don't choose my friends, don't I?²* TheIgor: Butler.²* ImmuneToBullets: All of the dinosaurs, for... some reason. Even grenades don't do anything other than mildly annoy them.²* ImprobablyCoolCar: Creator/JonPertwee's futuristic contraption, which fans affectionately named "The Whomobile".²* KarmicDeath: Grover and Whitaker are sent back in time when their device is sabotaged by the Doctor. Best case, they manage to eke out a meagre existence for a few years before falling victim to some disease they won't be able to cure. Worst case, they get dumped right in front of a Tyrannosaurus and rapidly become dino-chow.²* LackOfEmpathy: General Finch seems to think civilians[[note]]the people he swore an oath to protect - not that it makes him any less psychopathic but Finch, like all army officers (but not the Navy because... history) would have sworn this oath: "I... swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King George VI, His Heirs and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, in Person, Crown and Dignity against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, and of the generals and officers set over me."[[/note]] are, as he put it "wretched people".²* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: Operation Golden Age is based under Trafalgar Square.²* 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:²-->'''Benton:''' Right then, Doctor, you'd better get busy.\²'''Doctor:''' What?\²'''Benton:''' You'd better start overpowering me, hadn't you. You know, a bit of your Venusian oojah?\²'''Doctor:''' Thank you, Sergeant Benton.\²'''Doctor:''' Are you ready?\²'''Benton:''' Yeah!\²''(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.)''²* 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 for certain; ''Stegosaurus'' may or may not, as its fossils have been found as nearby as Portugal.²* TheMole: ''Three'' of them.²* ObviousStuntDouble: The T.Rex is terrible to begin with, but it doesn't help that the model used for closeups is obviously completely different to the one used for the long shots.²* ObviouslyEvil: DoubleSubverted. General Finch's dour attitude and sinister mustache immediately mark him as the "inside man" the Doctor hypothesizes--but then Captain Yates, a longstanding ally of the Doctor, is seen conspiring with the villains, which seems to suggest that General Finch is okay after all--but then he has Sarah Jane kidnapped. Turns out they were both bad.²* OhCrap: Sarah Jane, when she realizes she's revealed her findings to someone else in the plan.²** The second time this happens, her reaction is less of an OhCrap, and more of an OhNoNotAgain.²* TheOneWith: The "making of" feature on the DVD describes this as "the one with the dodgy dinosaurs," referencing the fact that the terrible special effects are generally the first thing anyone talks about when discussing it.²* PullTheThread: Sarah Jane does this with the FauxtasticVoyage.²* PteroSoarer: The Doctor is attacked by one. It looks more like a muppet than anything else, really. ²* RetGone: The villains plan to do this to the entire human race except themselves.²* ReverseThePolarity: In this case, it throws Grover and Whitaker back in time, instead of the rest of the world.²* RightBehindMe²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once she realizes she's not in space, Sarah Jane walks out of the mock-spaceship, goes upstairs and rejoins the main plot.²* SleeperStarship: Faked.²* SpoilerTitle: Aversion: Part One was simply titled "Invasion". However, as always ''Radio Times'' printed the full title and spoiled the twist.²* SpotlightStealingTitle: The serial's really about Operation Golden Age's schemes. The dinosaurs are secondary to the plot. Creator/MalcolmHulke and Creator/TerranceDicks had wanted to name the story ''Timescoop'', but the higher powers vetoed it.²* StiffUpperLip: The Brigadier ''has no fear''. Giant triceratops? Fine, he'll go stand in front of it waving a flare around for a few minutes.²* 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. ²* TemptingFate: In Part Two, the Doctor has built a stun gun to use on a dinosaur. He wants a docile and rather low-watt test subject, remarking, "Mind you, I wouldn't like to try it on a Tyrannosaurus Rex." Guess what pops up at the cliffhanger?²** Also true of the Brigadier boasting that the chains used to restrain said ''T. rex'' were unbreakable.²* TokenEvilTeammate: Project Golden Age may not be good guys by any standard, but Whitaker probably qualifies as it's strongly implied he's only interested in advancing his research in contrast to his well-meaning accomplices, and he's much more willing and quick to use lethal force than they are. ²* TreacherousAdvisor: Sarah falls victim to this trope ''twice''. First, the man she sees for help finding the villains' base turns out to be the one who helped them set it up. Then, after she escapes from him, she takes what she knows to the general who is coordinating the state of emergency, not knowing that, while she was away, he had ''also'' been revealed as a member of the conspiracy.²* 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 written out of history.²* WellIntentionedExtremist: Operation Golden Age. Desperate to save the planet, they mean to move back time and RetGone everyone save their chosen few.²* 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 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.²* WhamLine: "We left Earth three months ago." It turns out to be a RedHerring.²* 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.²* TheXOfY²* [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo You Said You Would Let Him Live]]: The Golden Age nutjobs try to pull this on Yates concerning the Doctor.²----


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