Doctor Who "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Review: A Storm Is Brewing

Doctor Who S07E02: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"

Now here's the Doctor I know and love! The second episode of Season 7, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," was a fun, sass-filled romp with just enough dark edges to keep me intrigued.

There are a few types of Doctor Who episodes, and one of my favorites is the big, frothy, nothing-earth-shatteringly-dangerous-will-happen-but-this-is-going-to-be-nuts type. The addition in this installment was some new friends. "Are they the new us?" Amy asked, and the Doctor responded, "I thought we might need a gang. It's new." Indeed.

The Doctor was made aware that a very large ship was hurtling its way toward Earth, and if it came within a certain distance, the Indian Space Agency would blow it out of the sky. It was time to investigate, and the show got back to what I call "Willy Wonka Doctor," a goofball with touches of anger but who's mainly just excited for adventure. He gathered up Queen Nefertiti (yup, THE Queen Nefertiti), his adventurer friend John Riddell (played by Rupert Graves, a.k.a. Lestrade from Sherlock), and, of course, the Ponds. Since the Ponds were hanging with Rory's dad Brian (played by Mark Williams, a.k.a. Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter movies, which I guess, in a weird way, makes Rory a Weasley), he got dragged along for the fun. Rory and his dad had a fun dynamic, but I got the impression there's much more to their relationship that the show left on the cutting room floor. Or maybe I just wanted to see more of the two of them interacting.

This episode also included the Doctor's ongoing passion for nature conservation, which is a well-worn but fundamental Doctorism. This show is amazing at introducing a species we've never heard of and then making us weep for its possible extinction, which makes the show's sometimes-zany storylines more impactful.

Case in point, the gang landed on the incoming ship to find it overrun with dinosaurs, and I gotta say, they looked fantastic. Really well done. Everyone split into two groups: Amy, Nefertiti, and Riddell, and the Doctor, Rory, and Rory's Dad. Each group had its own adventures—the Doctor's was trying to find the ship's control room to change its course, and Amy's was just trying to not wake up sleeping dinosaurs. (I didn't imagine that dinosaurs slept lying down on their sides, but I guess I'd never really thought about it before.) Amy and Nefertiti bonded over being spunky and tough ladies, and Riddell was bummed to learn that hunting defenseless animals doesn't earn him a place in the history books. (This guy is sure to be a recurring character, right?) The writers made a point of showing off how much Amy has learned from her travels with the Doctor; I'm keeping my eyes peeled for how things will play out as the season progresses.

Amy discovered that the ship belonged to our old friends the Silurians—reptile people who'd fled, Noah's Ark-style, from "the destructive impact forecast for [their] planet." The only beings left in the Ark were the dinosaurs. The Doctor's group was captured by two hilariously droll, rusty robots (voiced by David Mitchell and Robert Webb of the wonderful Peep Show) and taken to their leader, the grumpy and disabled Solomon (played by David Bradley, a.k.a. Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies). Solomon was a shifty trader who tricked the Silurians into letting him board and then dumped them all into space, in effect murdering them all. He wanted to sell the dinosaurs. Solomon scanned the Doctor for his worth on the black market and found him to be a completely unknown entity, which pleased the Doctor. This is a point that will certainly come back up again later. Is this his plan, to slowly make himself forgotten by the universe, starting with the Daleks and moving on up?

The ship stayed on its trajectory to Earth, which of course forced Earth to launch missiles at it. I'd love it if just once, in any movie or TV show, military people listened to their guts and didn't fire the missiles just because it was protocol. But I digress. With moments until impact, Solomon demanded the more valuable Nefertiti in exchange for everyone's lives, and that's when we got to see the "Do Not Mess With Me" Doctor I adore, when he coldly and furiously said "NO." Solomon responded by shooting the triceratops the boys had been riding, and the Doctor stroked its adorable head as it died. Now he was REALLY pissed.

As he tried to figure out a way to control the ship, the Doctor asked Amy about her job, by which I assume he meant her job as a model. She gave it up, as she's given up all jobs, because every minute she's "listening out for the TARDIS sound." The Doctor's absences have been getting longer, and she's been terrified that he's trying to rid them of himself, or worse, that something bad would happen to him and she would never know. "You'll be there 'til the end of me," he assured her. "Or vice versa," she joked, and there was a terribly long pause. The Doctor figured out how to save the day by sending the missiles to Solomon's smaller ship instead of the larger ship (one of the few times the Doctor has seemed excited to kill someone), and Solomon died screaming "Doctor!"... but I'm more interested in what happened afterward. While the Ponds and Rory's Dad took in the Earth from space, the Doctor appeared behind them, looking extremely worried.

A storm is definitely brewing. The Doctor knows something about either his fate or the Ponds' fate, and it ain't good. I thought perhaps he wanted to distance himself from them further, but he seemed upset when they wanted to be taken home. The Doctor, for Amy at least, is a bit like drug addiction—so good when you're high that you spend the rest of your time thinking about how you can get high again, plain and simple. Maybe the Doctor will make Amy think he's dead in order for her to move on? Maybe she'll get burnt out on waiting for him and reject him? What do you think will be the Ponds' eventual fate?

Overall, I really enjoyed this big, gonzo episode, and I wish it had been the season premiere. Perhaps it was a bit silly, but it gave more of a sense of the Doctor's magic, and the wide range of possibilities for adventure for the group. It seems like we're marching toward the inevitability of Amy and Rory's goodbye, and I'm looking for the tiny bit of tension we felt in this episode to keep cranking up until we can't take it anymore.


Random Notes & Questions


– The Doctor: "You don't have any vegetable matter in your pants, do you?" Rory's Dad: "Just my balls." Rory: [facepalm].

– I giggled at the slapstickiness of the Doctor kissing Rory on the mouth and then slapping him in the face several times.

– Fun fact: The Doctor is a Sagittarius, probably.

– As much fun as it was to watch the Doctor, Rory, and Rory's dad riding a dinosaur, that scene went on a bit longer than necessary. How many times can three grown men "Wooo!"?

– I checked and rechecked, but as near as I can tell, the Silurians have always been an Earth-dwelling people. What soon-to-destruct planet were they fleeing from? – And speaking of the Silurians, can we have a moment of silence for them? They were one of my favorite species, and I feel like their genocide barely registered. Perhaps it would have brought down what was clearly supposed to be a lighter episode, but my goodness!

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I loved this episode...it was a lot of fun.
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After watching that last episode (which was tragic) and the last few series I shant be watching it anymore.

All it is now is nonsense with a pathetic script and plot. Matt Smith is overrated and only seems to be getting worse, Amy Pond has (for some awkward reason) become too intelligent and cartoon-like. The guy who plays Rory is awful, and most of the villains are unconvincing and bland- the jokes too! The scenes in the recent episode with the two robots had poential to be hilarious, but it was about as funny and interesting as a damp squib.

Don't get me wrong, I know doctor who was never to be taken too seriously, as it's always had a pretty ridiculous, quirky nature about it, but never to the extreme it has now. I think if it were a cartoon I would perhaps appreciate it more! It is such a shame because it used to be amazing with tennant and eccleston, but no more. I've lost faith in it.
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Just got around to watching this. I am a massive Dr Who fan and I have been watching since the very first episode (yes, I'm that old). This episode was probably the worst I've ever seen. Whoever wrote it should be sacked. The Doctor DOES NOT KILL. Had he taken the old man off his ship, let the missiles destroy it and then dumped him somewhere he couldn't do any harm I would have said it was a good, fun episode but that ending was appalling.
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Thank you!! that's exactly what I was saying. How could they just gloss over the fact that The Doctor went against his entire belief system!!!!!
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Oh, sorry but that seems so no true. I am not that old and have not seen the old Doctors, but the last three Doctors, even if they don't like to kill have had their good amount of killing. Just out the top of my head, on his first episode the tenth Doctor made the leader of the Sycorax fall from a Cliff, the eleventh knew Prisoner 0 would be executed, just one episode ago he killed a bunch of Daleks and he really seemed to enjoy his TARDIS finishing House.
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That's all true, but with the Sycorax, and House at least he gave them a choice/chance. He has in all cases but one other (the spider thing in Runaway Bride) always given the villain an option. The guy in this episode didn't have a choice, in fact he was begging The Doctor for mercy. I'm disturbed by this as well, but I think there was a purpose to it. I think it somehow ties into what Donna said: he needs someone. Mostly he has been traveling alone, and I think this is the result. I don't think it was an oversight on the part of the writers.
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Possibly. He actually did give the Queen of the Racnoss a final chance...he offered to take her and her brood to a planet where they would harm no one.



In this one though you can easily say he gave several options at their final crossroads where Solomon took Nefertiti and killed the Triceratops. Each option was declined. The only difference is that the Doctor didn't make it as explicit.
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Fun episode, enjoyed it all, especially how it ended. Btw, who played Queen Nefertiti? Got everyone's name but hers.
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Riann Steele.



A tip for next time: The IMDB page for a TV show has links to each season (at the top of the page). If you click on one of them, you get a list of episodes. If you click on the episode link, you get a list of characters and actors.
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Well, another tip. As you are reading TV.com, you can go to the episode and click on "CAST & CREW" :)
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Hey, Rory's dad should have met the Doctor at the wedding. A blue police box appearing in the middle of the reception would be hard to forget. Not to mention the Doctor's dancing.
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"The Doctor knows something about either his fate or the Ponds' fate, and it ain't good. I thought perhaps he wanted to distance himself from them further, but he seemed upset when they wanted to be taken home. The Doctor, for Amy at least, is a bit like drug addictionso good when you're high that you spend the rest of your time thinking about how you can get high again, plain and simple. Maybe the Doctor will make Amy think he's dead in order for her to move on? Maybe she'll get burnt out on waiting for him and reject him?"



I think this season all leads up to the prophecy of the Silence that they hinted at last season: the Doctor's name and/or true nature will be revealed at the fields of Trensalor, ending the universe. As such, I think the Doctor's not worried about a bad fate for the Ponds specifically, but rather for the entire universe.



The tenure of the 11th Doctor so far has been about him coming to grips with the fact that his exploits have caused countless races and civilizations, his friends and his enemies, to look at him as a god or unstoppable force of nature. That point was really hammered home last season, and echoed again by the Daleks calling him names like the Predator and the Oncoming Storm. So the Doctor faked his own death so he could fly under the radar for awhile. But by the Daleks setting the trap last episode, I think the Doctor realizes his ruse isn't working, so he's going to try and make the universe forget him entirely - and if he doesn't exist, neither will the prophecy of the Silence.



But here's the final problem: those closest to him will be the hardest to make forget. Amy especially, since her whole life has essentially been shaped by the Doctor. He really is her drug of choice, and I think they both realize they can't do what they need to do (living a normal life for Amy, preventing the prophecy of the Silence for the Doctor) if they're still hanging out together.
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I was shocked that the Doctor let a man die, without giving him a chance to redeem himself. That's only ever happened once when the doctors clone let the Dhaleks blow up at the end of season 4, and that was a big deal!!!!!
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It was very reminiscent of Ten's actions with the Family of Blood - "We wanted to live forever, so he made sure that we did." compared to "Enjoy your bounty". Jarring, but not totally out of character.
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It was pretty dark, but he gave the guy loads of chances to redeem himself. The guy turned them all down. His opening lines in the season premiere on Skarro did leave you to wonder if he was getting a bit world-weery.

Instead his final offer was: kill a dino in cold blood, demand the queen, and threaten to kill all of the Doctor's friends and the dinosaurs until he could just take the queen.

I mean, we did have the Family of Blood some seasons back... the Doctor went all kinds of "gangsta" on them for messing with him and his friends. Seriously, death would have been preferred.
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I thought it was explained in the episode fairly well that the ship was an ark escaping its planets destruction. When the Silurians were killed, the ship rerouted to return to its origin (which the doctor explains when he pointed out that the Siliurians got the last laugh on Solomon). Since dinosaurs and Silurians are both from earth... the ark was returning there. This would also mean that it was what killed the dinosaurs which they were originally escaping and it was a separate group from those that went underground because that group met mammals that followed the dinosaurs destruction.
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Oh, and one more thing....dinosaurs, Egyptian queens, and space ships all in one episode? It doesn't get more awesome that that!
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As I understand it, the Silurians are still on Earth, deep under ground. (BTW, Silurian is the name of a geologic age.) The event they mentioned that endangered the planet, I took to mean the asteroid/comet that hit Earth at the end of the Cretaceous, killing the dinosaurs. This makes sense as the dinos were the predominant group of animals on the space ship. (I bet, if we carefully checked, though, there would be some time discrepancies with the particular species of dinos shown. But it would be really cool if there weren't any.) I thought the triceratops as a lovable dog was cute, if a bit much. I always imagined them as more rhino-like, or maybe parrot like. I would like to have seen more dinos interacting with the characters, and maybe one surviving Silurian who hid from the evil Solomon. I'd also like to know where they took the surviving animals. Why not back to Earth? Explanations about how different our environment is than in the Mesozoic would have been cool...but then I'm a geek about that stuff.
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What an action-filled episode! From start to finish. And the special effects were great! I loved meeting Rory's Dad. So, it looks like he traveled with the Doctor for a bit, considering the last postcard. The part with riding the dinosaur and it being killed reminded me of Honey I Shrunk the Kids with the ant.
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The giant impact hypothesis states that the moon was created when a protoplanet crashed into the earth and bits of the protoplanet and earth recombined to create the new earth and our current moon. This is the leading scientific theory for how the moon was created. The show explanation is that the silurians were trying to escape this impact by hiding underground/leaving the planet which is quite sensible when you think about it
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I don't remember any of that from this episode.
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I thought this was a bad episode. I don't like it when the Doctor (a man of superhuman intelligence) use strategies that anyone can see is stupid. In the first few episodes after Moffat took over, the Doctor's strategy was basically this:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e09snMu4www.



This time it wasn't quite that bad, but it was still pretty bad. It was obviously a stupid idea to try to ride the triceratops. And why does he need so much dumb luck to succeed? He decides to bring a "gang" for the first time, and ends up abducting Rory's dad by accident. Then it turns out that they couldn't have saved the ship without him, because they need two people "from the same gene chain" to pilot the ship. Why would the Silurians even build that feature into the controls? It doesn't make sense.



I liked DavidKnowles0's comment below: "But if they could build a space ship the size of Canada then it should have been a simple task for them to deflect the incoming asteroid."



I don't mind that he killed that guy. What else could he have done?



What did he do to the dinosaurs once the crisis was over? Did he just send the ship off in a random direction? Then what did he really accomplish? He might as well have let the Indians blow up the ship.
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It wasn't an asteroid. They thought a small planet (what would later be known as the MOON) was going to collide with Earth, as explained in the episodes The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.
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The Doctor lies. Maybe he knew it was a Silurian ship all along and knew it was likely to need two people from the same gene chain. Maybe the 10 month wait was because that's when Rory, Amy and Dad were conveniently in the same room.
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I think the Silurians were just fleeing the destruction of prehistoric Earth, like when all the dinosaurs died. They probably found out what was coming and tried to escape it
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You commented that it seems as though they cut stuff about Rory and his dad, don't forget that if you're watching it on BBC America they probably did to make room for commercials. Compare the 11th hour on BBC America to the DVD set and look how much they cut out.
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felt like a filler episode



the effects where top notch, and the robots 'peep show' actors where funny..



other than that the episode sucked
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That KISS
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Overall great episode, although Ron Weasly's Dad took me out of it a lot at first, but Filch didn't at all. Nefirtiti and the Robots are brilliant. Why do the Dr. and Amy constantly look at each other like they wish they were shagging and this whole Rory thing was a mistake.
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" Fun fact: The Doctor is a Sagittarius, probably. "

It has no sense at all, as he is not an earthling... :)



My favorite scene: picnic in the tardis doorway, Rory's dad watching Earth.
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Doctor Who first aired on November 23rd, 1963. Thus the Sagittarius joke. It was pretty clever, but definitely subtle.
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Isn't Gallifrey probably in Sagittarius? www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/locationofgallifrey.shtml

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I don't know how I feel about these 'Epic Stand-alone min-movie' episodes. Since the reboot, although David Tennant has been the best Doctor as an actor, Matt Smith has definitely had the most interesting writing. I would argue that David Tennant was at his best during multiple episode story arcs. His send-off episode with the Master in particular.

The entire River Song story line has been by far the most compelling storyline since the reboot and really tied the companions into the main story in a way that had never been done before. The fact that they ran with one over-arcing story for two full seasons without it getting boring is amazing. I'm come to like Matt Smith as the Doctor, but it may have been due to the strength of the writing behind him just as much as his acting ability. So far this season, I have not been nearly as compelled as in past seasons. I know it's early, so here's hoping for a turn-around.



Fun fact: I did not know that hurdle and hurtle were spelled differently, and I always though hurdle an odd word choice to describe sending something with great speed, and I learned something today. Thanks Emily!
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I really enjoyed this episode, more so than last weeks. I'm finding the more tender moments with the doctor and Amy to be much better written and more genuine.



I also love that it was filmed on the beach down the road from me (Southerndown, South Wales). I've oft walked on those rocks... Never seen a pterodactyl though...
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I don't have a problem with the Doctor killing/allowing-the-death of evil characters, but that's not the "dark side". What is troubling in this episode is that the Doctor kills in anger, not in sorrow, and more for vengeance than justice. Usually when the Doctor kills, as others have mentioned, he doesn't have much of a choice, and he saves more by killing. But in this case, his snarky attitudes, throwing Solomon's words back in his face, and treating it flippantly, are indeed dark as well as disturbing.
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Apparently he is still "That kind of man"
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He gives no second chances. :)
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I was surprised at this as well. I thought they'd end with solomon fleeing the missiles but we'd never know if he survived or not. That would be more Doctorish.
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But if you go back to the beginning (2005) and up to now you would see he's kills the bad guy more often than you think because they pissed him off.
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Good episode - funny, fast-paced, action-packed, with a very hot and flirty Nefertiti to boot... can't go wrong with that! However, as good as it was... we should all expect more from Who. Anyway, the preview for next week's episode looks awesome, so I expect the show to just get better.



As for the Silurians ... well, bluecatcinema already explained what's what, so do not worry, Emily, they are not extinct... unless something tragic we do not know about happened between 201? and 2367, which is unlikely...
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Nobody here seems to realize that the episode didn't take place in 2012-- unless you think India would be the ones responsible to shoot down an incoming space vessel.



Those indeed may well have been the last Silurians.
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very good episode. rory's dad is awesome!
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I do like it when the Doctor has a dark side, but this instance seemed a bit out of character. He has been trying to distance himself from the identity as the oncoming storm and here he executes a man. He could have easily sent him to Stormcage rather than kill. It is this kind of behavior which would make the Ponds question his actions, not go along with them.



A while back, Davros questioned the Doctor on the fact that while he never uses a weapon, he turns his friends into weapons. Amy has always been feisty but I do wonder if she will realize just how much she has changed from her relationship with the Doctor.
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I did find the writing out of character for the show. The sexual inuendos were not something normally part of Doctor Who and the Doctor would have saved the guy despite how bad he behaved.

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This 'out-of-character' comments about the Doctor when he kills or, more precisely, when he leaves someone/something to die has always been weird to me... cause I always knew he is capable of it and am personaly very comfortable with that idea.



Ever since the re-start, all Doctors have killed - hell, Tennant literally killed off someone 10 minutes after waking up and taking over the role!



Most often, he doesn't really have a choice and take someone off out of survival, but, once in a while, it does happen that he 'forces' the demise of his adversary because it's just the right thing to do, and, sorry, but letting Solomon die... that was righteous.



Heck, we can all agree that none of us are shedding any tears for the man, nor do we expect the Doctor to be holier than Christ. So, as I said before... always a weird comment.
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Killing is not out of character for the Doctor. I mean, he did kill nearly all the Daleks and Time lords to save the rest of the universe. In the Pompeii episode, the Doctor was perfectly wiling to let all the Romans die (or the aliens in Vampires in Venice). The pirate was so bad that he basically left the Doctor no choice. In situations like that, the Doctor does make the hard choices. For all the good the Doctor does, he definitely has a dark side that comes out occasionally...
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I liked the episode, because you know, dinosaurs on a spaceship! :D

Also it was fun having 3 extra companions around, one of them being mr.Weasly

But i thought it was obvious that this was a Silurian ark, who left earth milions of years ago to save the dinosaurs (and themself) from extinction.

Oh and we got a return of the dark side of the doctor, when he executes Solomon for his crimes, so to speak.

Can't remember last time this happened, cause usually its a them or us situation.
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Yep, the point of origin was Earth. (That sounded a bit Stargate-like but you get the point).

I imagine that the destruction they where trying to escape was one big meteor hit 65 million years ago. You know, the one that DID wipe the dinosaurs out.



I HATED the fact that the Doctor just killed the bad guy in cold blood. Could have easily exiled him somewhere, other then that I loved the episode. It was just great, relaxing fun. Like the three riding the triceratops by having it chase a ball like a dog. ^^
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ummm, read backcatcinema's comment at the bottom of the page, and then go watch episodes the hungry earth/cold blood and then you won't have to wonder because they explain everything.



and the way he treated soloman is indicative of the way he gets when he travels alone, which he has been doing between seasons. it's why he needs his companions.
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But if they could build a space ship the size of Canada then it should have been a simple task for the to defect the incoming asteroid.
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Science and technology advance unevenly. The one thing does not necessarily follow from the other.
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Just ramming the craft into the asteroid should have done it.
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Try not to overthink it.

There were DINOSAURS!! on a spaceship!

When the title of your episode is literally 'Dinosaurs on a spaceship'

It's pretty much a guarantee that you will need to suspend some of your logic facilities to enjoy it.
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says in the episode that the ship left Earth before the death of the Silurians civilisation and the dinosaur species(millions of years ago), when solomon spaced all the silurians it reverted back to its point of origin, the silurians onboard weren't the last of their species, we've already seen they've survived on earth in "the hungry earth"
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This was one of thoe episodes that requires knowledge of classic who to fully grasp/review
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How so?
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Not really...
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oh please this group of silurians fled not all are dead and some must be elsewhere look at a good man goes to war did those come from and pandorica opens or whatever it was called they were there also so they got their own space ships they are like the daleks no matter how many die they keep coming back
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Seriously, how can you write this without knowing the Silurian history? Or without knowing the scuttlebutt about how Amy and Rory leave?



As for the universe not knowing who the Doctor is -- what do you reckon the whole point of the Tesselecta replacement was? Now everything thinks the Doctor is dead and he's been erased from the memories of the Daleks. See a link there?
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I loved this episode. Quirky, fast paced, fun stuff.

The actors all did very well. I literally just finished Sherlock Series 1-2 this weekend before I watched Dr Who, and so it was jarring to see Rupert Graves, but fun. I loved Sherlock and I love Dr Who.

Go Steven Moffat and Co. I am wondering if we are seeing the beginning of a plot to "erase" Dr Who from history ,for the safety of everyone. We started with the Daleks last week, and this week he did not register in the database as anything. Maybe with Rory and Amy it will be like Donna, they will just forget him?

Also I feel like the Riversong story is not finished at all.
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spoilers!
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I knew I had seen Riddell somewhere. I absolutely loved the fact that Mr Weasley was Rory's dad. Two Harry Potters and a Sherlock.....great episode.
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Mmm... I will incur in the wrath of many Whovians... but I found the episode erm... a little boring...

Thought the Silurian ship was very cool... but apart from that...
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I don't know if I would use the word boring, but surely I'd say contrived. It was a bit off for me. A lot of just rolling with things even if they didn't really make sense.
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your not the only one. It was one of those episodes where alot of things happened yet at the same time it felt like nothing really happened. I think that if i was a kid i would love this episode. i think the thing that i didnt like the most were those two stupid robots they just wernt funny.
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I agree. The season so far has been a bit too Nickelodeon for me especially when compared to the previous one which was brilliant from the start.
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Well, it wasn't really genocide. There are plenty of Silurians in hibernation cells on Earth. It'd be like aliens capturing an Earth space station, killing the crew, and claiming it was genocide.
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Judging by your comment, you don't really understand the term genocide.

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It seems to me that people like to through genocide arround as a synonym for either:

1) Attempted Genocide 2) Near Genocide 3) Ethnic Cleansing 4) Mass Murder.



None of these 4 is genocide. Genocide is, originally and correctly, only one thing:



the extermination of an ENTIRE species, nation, country, ethnic group, nation heritage, or any other group in a systemic way.



Several dictionaries actually cloud this and make this worse by implying that attempted genocide counts as a genocide or that just killing someone based on any of these factors is genocide,



Those dictionaries are WRONG.
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someone on facebook said there was a Sherlock reference. Did I miss it??? What did they say!!!!!!!!
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The Silurians fled because they believed a small planet (Which later became the Earth's moon) was about to collide with the Earth. Most went into hibernation underground, but these ones clearly decided to flee into space.
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Right. What he said. So not all the Silurians are dead, the ones we saw on Earth are still there. These ones fled, and when they were all killed, Solomon didn't know how to pilot the ship and it returned to Earth.
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I like it when there are no loose ends in episodes continuity :D



Ties in well with Pond Life



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