The Hungry Earth
22 May 2010
|Written by||Chris Chibnall|
|Directed by||Ashley Way|
|Produced by||Peter Bennett|
It’ 2020, and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth’ crust than man has ever gone before ; but now the ground itself is fighting back. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.
- The episode was incorrectly entitled Warm Planet and Cold Blood.
- The working title for this episode was The Ground Beneath Their Feet. (The Brilliant Book 2011)
- Despite the press release saying that the story would take place in 2015, it actually took place in 2020. It may have been changed due to some events of the previous episode happening in 2015.
- The visor’s different scanning types are reminiscent of the helmets used by the aliens in the Predator film series. Also when Matt Smith moves his hand when looking through the heat scanning glasses, there is the same”swish” sound heard when the Predator changes scanning type.
- Matt Smith celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday during the filming of this episode.
- Amy and Rory see future versions of themselves in 2020 from a distance, seemingly revisiting their past adventure and watching their past (current, from a series perspective) selves. However, this may change; as The Doctor says, “Time can be re-written.”
- When Amy goes to say hello to their future selves The Doctor stops her, saying, “Things can get very complicated”.
- The completed episode had a running time of sixty minutes, requiring over fifteen minutes of footage to be removed to fit its broadcast slot.
- This is the first on-screen Silurian story to feature a female member of the species, Bloodtide released before this story previously featured a female Silurian Sh’vak
- Originally, Mo and Amy were to be stripped down to their underwear before being dissected. This was removed as “too adult”.
- This is the first episode which does not confirm who originally created the enemy since the revival.
- In the early stages of production, the new Silurians’ masks were intended to be quite similar to the originals, only with green scales. (DWA Issue 172)
- This episode aired on the same day the K9 episode Mutant Copper was first broadcast on Disney XD in Britain. It also aired on the same day that Jaws of Orthrus was first broadcast on Network Ten in Australia.
- Though the term homo reptilia makes its television debut here, it’s an old Gary Russell-ism. He’d introduced the term in the 1992 K9 and Company comic story, City of Devils, where K9 Mark III gets the honour of introducing the term to the DWU. Russell later recycled the term in The Scales of Injustice.
- Nia Roberts (Ambrose Northover) would later play Bragnar in The Wrath of the Iceni.
- As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a “NEXT TIME” trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode.