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Published on December 4th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Invasion of the Cliposaurus

Following in the quaking footsteps of Novembers announcement that Invasion of the Dinosaurs is heading to DVD in January the BBC have release a series of clips from the serial via the BBCClassicDoctorWho YouTube channel.

Written by the legendary Malcolm Hulke Invasion is perhaps best known for its woeful dinosaur effects to the detriment of some fine direction by Paddy Russell, a strong environmental message and perhaps what was the worse cockney accent uttered by the Doctor this side of ‘Barcelona’.

Invasion of the Dinosaurs will be released on DVD as part of the forthcoming UNIT-centric DVD box set which will feature two versions of the once deleted first episode. Both a fully restored episode one using the archival black and white film print and an imperfect colour variation offering a general impression of what the original broadcast would have been like are included.

There appears to be have been no CGI enhancement for the dinosaur model work which is a shame – hopefully there will be a new dinosaur tale to be told in the future.



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to Invasion of the Cliposaurus

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    It’s a shame they are releasing this story without a copy that includes new modern CGI dinosaurs.

    The scenes could have been rejigged with new effects .
    Of course this would be a particularly expensive update to this story but it could have been sold at a higher price to compensate.
    Colourising the first episode and remastering the quality is one thing, but really, this excellent story needs more than that.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Yeah, I’m a bit baffled about the dino stuff. There’s really not *that* much stuff they’d have to replace. The long shot of the T-Rex, and maybe the stegosaurus shot are the only two major scenes and surely the snake in Kinda was more elaborate/expensive? I wonder if they’ll re-issue a special edition down the road. It might seem a little like extortion but if they did redo the effects…? But I’d probably have to get both then!

  3. avatar John Harley says:

    It does seem like an opportunity missed doesn’t it! But I’m more concerned with the fact that they haven’t recolourised part one to the level of technology that Planet of The Daleks had done to it’s part three! How come they could do it for that and not this? It doesn’t bode well for Ambassadors or Mind of Evil…

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