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7.2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 2/27/19 9:49 am
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I love this story but the biggest problem i have with this is at the end (SPOILERS) Where the doctor actually murders a man in cold blood, blows him up to smithereens
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/6/19 11:33 am
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The title of this episode sounds rather silly and the story itself is indeed rather silly in many ways but for me this is a clear improvement on a lot of the bigger, more epic stories in the Moffatt era as so many of those were far too illogical and had too many repeated contrivances. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship also contains contrivances in that it has Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and an early Twentieth Century big game hunter John Riddell inexplicably joining the Doctor on the adventure for sheer effect and contrives circumstances in order to explain having dinosaurs on a spaceship. However, there is nothing particularly problematic and the plot basically makes sense in the world of Doctor Who. While a bit silly it is also fun and has some good humour.

Amy, Rory and Rory's father Brian are also with the Doctor and Brian (Mark Williams), who has been inadvertently brought along, is both engaging and funny. Rory (Arthur Darvill) is always great and his interaction and banter with his father brings a new dimension.

The wonderful David Bradley appears here as the villainous Solomon. Bradley would later play the First Doctor, replacing the long since departed William Hartnell in a TV Special Twice Upon a Time and in a series of audio adventures (as well as playing Hartnell in a biopic). He is a great actor and adds real quality as the bad guy in this episode. Robots played by comedians Mitchell and Webb are amusing if a bit daft and the dinosaurs themselves are very well done visually. The whole episode looks good.

This is not a great episode, it is more of a comedic filler but future Showrunner Chris Chibnall has written a quite enjoyable little story and the cast and production give it quality. Overall 6.5/10.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/21/15 11:52 pm
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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship hits a sweetspot for me in new Who. Series 6 had been full of dark, occasionally depressing continuity-laden tales It could feel like the fun had been sucked out of the series and then along comes, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.”

Dinosaurs on the Spaceship finds Amy and Rory, as well as Rory’s father, Brian as well as two other friends of the Doctor, Queen Nefertiti and Riddell to save the dinosaurs on the spaceship from being destroyed by the Indian space agency and from an evil trader named Solomon.

The story continues at a fun action filled pace throughout. The best thing I like about the story is Rory’s Dad, Brian. He’s the best companion family member introduced outside of Wilfred Mott. The scene of Brain eating a sandwich in space while sitting on the step of the TARDIS is such a gorgeous visual. The other characters, while a little bit limited, help to paint a picture of the Eleventh Doctor’s wide-ranging adventures away from Amy and Rory.

The voices of the robots in this story are a little silly, and there are a few other minor points, but overall, this remains the highlight of the first part of Series 7 for me.
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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 7/1/14 2:11 am
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Gimmicky and annoying to the extreme. Whilst this story might be fun to others I found it an annoying waste of time. The characters are barely developed and the actual plot is paper thin. There's also some moral ambiguity about the Doctor's actions here.