|'Invasion of the Dinosaurs'
Story Code 'WWW'
by Malcolm Hulke
The Doctor and Sarah return to present day London in the TARDIS, and find the city deserted, and under martial law. They are arrested as looters, but are reunited with UNIT and cleared of the charges. The Brigadier informs the Doctor and Sarah that the city has been evacuated due to the bizarre appearance of prehistoric dinosaurs, which appear randomly out of thin air. The Doctor and Sarah discover that the dinosaurs are being transported through time by two scientists, Whitaker and Butler, as part of their plan to clear London of its population. Both Captain Yates, who has been misguided into helping the conspirators, and General Finch, sabotage the Doctor's investigations. Sarah visits the minister in charge during the emergency, Sir Charles Grover, but she discovers that he is also is involved in the plot, and is captured by the scientists and hypnotised. She awakens to find herself aboard a space ship, which is on its way to colonise a new world. However, she realises that the ship is a fake, and that those on board have been duped by their superiors. The conspirators' plan is to use a time machine to return London to a 'Golden Age', a time before the planet became polluted by technology, so that they and the colonists can begin civilisation anew. The Doctor and the Brigadier mount a raid on their underground headquarters, and Grover activates the time machine. But the Doctor has altered the machine's settings, and Grover instead sends himself and Whitaker back to prehistoric times. Yates is given the chance to resign quietly from UNIT.
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), John Bennett (General Finch), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Ben Aris (Lieutenant Shears) , Dave Carter (Sergeant Duffy) , Martin Taylor (Corporal Norton) , George Bryson (Private Ogden), John Caesar (R/T Soldier) , Gordon Reid (Phillips) , Trevor Lawrence (Lodge) , Terry Walsh (Warehouse Looter) , Noel Johnson (Charles Grover M.P.), Peter Miles (Professor Whitaker), Martin Jarvis (Butler), James Marcus (Peasant), Pat Gorman (UNIT Corporal), Terence Wilton (Mark), Carmen Silvera (Ruth), Brian Badcoe (Adam), Colin Bell (Private Bryson), Timothy Craven (Robinson)
Produced by Barry Letts
Directed by Paddy Russell
Part 1 - 19th January, 1974 @ 5.30pm - 5.55pm
Part 2 - 25th January, 1974 @ 5.30pm - 5.55pm
Part 3 - 2nd February, 1974 @ 5.30pm - 5.55pm
Part 4 - 9th February, 1974 @ 5.30pm - 5.55pm
Part 5 - 16th February, 1974 @ 5.30pm - 5.55pm
*Featuring the Third Doctor, Sarah, the Brigadier and UNIT
*Part 1 is titled only 'Invasion', to preserve the mystery of the plot. All other parts are titled 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs'
*All parts exist, but part 1 only survived as a poor black and white film print until it was colourised by the BBC Restoration Team for DVD release
*Working title: 'Timescoop'