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|Edit: Forgot to mention the killing of Solomon (hundreds of things I forgot to mention probably, but this is one which stuck out). Very much not in-keeping with how the Doctor's been portrayed up until now - I honestly expected him to somehow divert or deactivate the missiles at the last moment, leaving Solomon hurtling into space alone, defenceless and powerless, but alive. Not a character development that I'm liking the look of.|
The Doctor basically killing this guy? Wow. That's not the Doctor I know. He would have taken him with him, dropped him off at the authorities to go to jail or sent him to an exil somewhere but not kill the guy. Maybe leave the guy the choice to come with him or stay, but actually kill him? Come one, seriously? That hurts.
Maybe it was meant to show the dark side of the Doctor which apparently plays a role in the future but it is still too over the top.
My other negative point about this episode was that the beginning and picking up of all these companions seemed too rushed (same problem was in the Asylum, but not as extreme). The episode would probably have worked the same without Nefrititi and the hunter. But I did like the way they brought in Rory's dad. My guess is that him apparently staying with the Doctor has some significance for the following episodes, leading to Amy and Rorys final departure ( ).
Other than these two points I really loved the episode. It was a fun trip and I think the reason for Dinosaurs being on a spaceship was pretty clever: An arc built by the silurians 65 million years ago to save the silurians and the animals of their world from extinction because of the meteor impact at the end of the cretaceus period.
As if the story was born from the fantasies of a kid.. rather messy, yes
But I did like the way they brought in Rory's dad. My guess is that him apparently staying with the Doctor has some significance for the following episodes, leading to Amy and Rorys final departure ( ).
Apparently? For me it seemed he asked for a favor (to watch Earth), but the Ponds were also on board, and that's all.
Then he sent a lot of postcards around the world-- but only from earth and present time, no future, no past. Last postcard from the Doctor (with tardis, no Rory's dad) Why do you think he is staying with the Doctor? Have I missed something.
It was good to see Rory and Amy back together and apparently happy.
One question about that though. When the Doctor and Amy were speaking, he mentions that she quit her job and he questions her in the fact that she quit her last one and apparently never settles. Now unless he is countingbeing a Kiss-O-Gram as a job, the only job Amy has ever been shown as having is as a model. It makes me wonder if more time has passed between the Asylum and now than 10 months and that there have been visits to the ponds, though maybe not adventures, in the interim. This would explain Rory's age being 31, perhaps years have actually passed. In fact, we were never really shown when Asylum took place. This may be Moffats plan, showing the Ponds across their lives as the Doctor comes to visit less and less often.
As for the rest of the episode, it was a bit of a wash. No real story beats that were of any real consequence. I was abit put off from the Doctor sending Solomon to die. Sure, we have seen this side of the Doctor before, remember when the 9th doctor let Cassandra seemingly die. But this Doctor has been trying to move on from the "oncoming storm" identity, the one that made the people of the forest consider him a warrior. He could have easily been made to punish Solomon in a less dark way like saying that he was dropping him in Stormcage for his crimes against the Silurians, he could have even mentioned that he was going to see River.
i actually loved this episode but i think last weeks was better. yes this one had it's faults. and having the doctor kill that dude did surprise me, it doesn't piss me off or anything. cause he does every now and than let someone die. as someone said cassandra died.
i really didn't see the point of having that one dude there i forget his name. but the queen at least came more into play. rory saying he's 31 well it does make sense cause since we have had amy on the show we learn on how much time has passed from each visit from the doctor. weather it's only 10 months or 2 years. it adds up and if you add all that up it prolly would be right that rory is now 31. i forget how old he was when the 5th season wasn't it ? started. but he was in his 20's than just like Amy. so it makes sense that her starting out as a child and than
going into adulthood and into her now 30's sounds about right. and it sounds about right if the doctor comes to visit them at home or even just talks to them on his phone. as for the dinosaurs? they looked good. i gotta say that having that one tricatops or however that's spelled?
be something they could be licked he he. or being able to ride was nice to see rather than have it be CGI. but i had fun with this one, i was waiting for the doctor to say well i'm married when the queen was coming on to him. hmmm... i guess not. oh well i guess.
The Doctor has always had a ruthless side, even if it's been less obvious in this particular Doctor
This episode wasn't particularly well plotted, it had far too many characters, and was kinda predicible too
But I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was fun, I rarely stopped smiling, and I'll happily take that from an episode
Oh and that parallel control thing was also something to stop Solomon being able to pilot the ship himself.
|i really didn't see the point of having that one dude there i forget his name. but the queen at least came more into play. rory saying he's 31 well it does make sense cause since we have had amy on the show we learn on how much time has passed from each visit from the doctor. weather it's only 10 months or 2 years. it adds up and if you add all that up it prolly would be right that rory is now 31. i forget how old he was when the 5th season wasn't it ? started. but he was in his 20's than just like Amy. so it makes sense that her starting out as a child and than|
|Oh and that parallel control thing was also something to stop Solomon being able to pilot the ship himself.|
not really sure why everyone in here gives such a bad review.it was a fun episode, not to be taken to serious and ididn'tstop smiling from the beginning to the end.
every gang member was just ment to be the impersonation of of its cliche, from the queen, to indiana jones and dad - even triceratops.amy linesweren'tthat deep either, but was fun seeing her imitate the doctor "when you enter a room, press buttons and keep pressing buttons" "i wont have two flirtingcompanions".
ididn'tneed the robots nor the villain, but doctors "i need a gang, its something new" was very refreshing and made and excellent episode.
I think it might be because after such a heavy arch on series 6, people aren't used to madcap episodes. I like the fun episodes as much as the serious ones but eh that may be just me.
|Something else just occurred to me. Rory stated his age to be 31. |
Amy was born in 1989 (according to the Doctor Who wiki), and certainly she was 18 in 2008, 20 in 2010. Given this episode takes place 10 months since they last saw the Doctor, so unless that refers to a different adventure and YEARS have passed off-screen, they've come from 2013 and Amy is probably 23. She and Rory are the same age.
Karen Gillan is 24 and Arthur Darvill is 30...maybe Chibnall was going for approximately the actor's age, but no! He's at most 24.
Also, Spoiler Alert, for those who are interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMEo711uwg