‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ (TV)

Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 Doctor Who Series 7 2014


Please feel free to comment on my review.

Pond Season – Dinosaurs

This episode is by Chris Chibnall and literally features ‘dinosaurs on a spaceship’.

Chris is known for writing the Silurians’ return in ‘The Hungry Earth’/’Cold Blood’ and was head writer on ‘Torchwood’. Chris writes a rollicking, bonkers adventure with Matt Smith’s Doctor, Amy and Rory.

Our heroes find and investigate a spaceship containing dinosaurs on its way to Earth. It turns out to be a Silurian Ark, as the Silurians were looking for a new home assuming Earth would be destroyed.

A futuristic human military space station intends to destroy this spaceship before it crashes to Earth. The Doctor learns of this mystery and gets help from Amy, Rory and new friends who join them.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory are joined by Riann Steele as Queen Nefertiti of Egypt and Rupert Graves as African explorer John Riddelll. They’re also joined by Mark Williams as Brian Williams, Rory’s dad.

Not only do our heroes find dinosaurs on board, but also paranoid and badly mannered robots. They’re owned by David Bradley as Soloman, who’s got a ship that boarded the Silurian Ark first.

It was great to see Mark Williams as Rory’s dad, Brian Williams. Mark had played Maxwell Edison in the ‘The Eternal Summer’ (part of ‘The Stockbridge Trilogy’) with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton.

Mark plays Brian so well, who is a loveable dad for Rory. He’s initially shocked that he and Amy have travelled in time and space with the Doctor. But he helps out in saving the world and rather enjoys it

One my favourite scenes with Brian is where he sits in the TARDIS and looks at a view of the Earth with sandwiches and tea. It’s refreshing to have Brian as a new member of the ‘Doctor Who’ family.

It was equally great to see David Bradley as Soloman. David has been in a BBC production of ‘Our Mutual Friend’ with Paul McGann and played William Hartnell in ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.

Soloman is a wretched old man in command of a star ship. He seems to be on the verge of death at first before it turns out he’s a vagabond who killed the Silurians aboard their Ark when he boarded.

Soloman wants to the dinosaurs and Queen Nefertiti of Egypt too. He kills a Triceratops to get what he wants from the Doctor. The Doctor soon stops Solomon and saves the dinosaurs and Nefertiti.

This is a really enjoyable ‘Doctor Who’ episode. It has moments of laughter and sadness. I enjoyed it when Brian was sniffed at by Tricey the Triceratops and when the Doctor, Rory and Brian ride on her.

There are some nice character touches to Amy and Rory’s characters. Chris Chibnall writes well for Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill’s characters compared how they were in their outings in previous seasons.

I liked it when Amy works things out and has to content with Nefertiti and Riddell as her companions beside her. This is a very thrilling ‘Doctor Who’ episode and is certainly something worthy to enjoy.

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of ‘The Complete Series 7’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there is the ‘Raptors, Robots and a Bumpy Ride’ behind-the-scenes featurette.

‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ rating – 9/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    I really enjoyed this one & nice to see darker aspects of Matts Doctor, if Chibnall writes quailty stories like this then were in safe hands Tim.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Simon.

    Glad you enjoyed this episode as well as me! I felt happy from watching ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ and Chris Chibnall seems to write well for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory in this as well as in ‘The Power of Three’. I really enjoyed Mark Williams’ performance as Brian Williams, Rory’s dad in the two episodes he was in.

    I hope too that the quality of writing in Chris Chibnall’s episodes will match to his seasons as showrunner starting next year with Series 11 in ‘Doctor Who’.

    Thanks Simon.

    Tim. 🙂



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