S33 (7) 2 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
17 March 2013 at 09:18 #3229Craig @craigEmperor
This is an edit as this was posted in 2013 and it is now 2019. An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction, unless the Doctor can save it, along with its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs! By his side are a ragtag gang of adventurers: a big game hunter, an Egyptian queen and a surprised member of the Pond family.
If you have iPlayer you can watch it here for the next 7 months: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mm5c9/
Here’s what you originally thought on The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/sep/08/doctor-who-dinosaurs-on-spaceship14 May 2013 at 15:50 #9066overunder @jamesunderscore
I like this episode. I think the only thing that didn’t work for me was the Mitchell and Webb-bots. I’m sure it sounded like a great idea on paper – pair of funny robots, lets get a comedy duo to do the voices! but it drags you out of the story and breaks the suspension of disbelief – they stop being funny robots, and start being Mitchell and Webb (who I like) playing funny robots.
The rest of the supporting cast in this one, however, are great; and it’s generally a good old romp which left me with a smile on my face. Exactly what you want for an episode 2.23 April 2019 at 09:58 #67590Hartnell fan @hartnellfan
I was not very fond of this episode. I believe that it is just sort of bland and the villain is kind of unnecessary. If I have nothing else to watch then I sometimes revisit it but it is not one of my favourites.8 November 2020 at 07:01 #71096Missy @missy
This was the only CC episode I didn’t mind. the rest were awful.
Missy5 January 2021 at 10:59 #71323Dentarthurdent @dentarthurdent
Well, I found this episode to be pretty average, very much what-it-says-on-the-tin. Though it probably also suffers from its placement between the awesome Asylum of the Daleks with its Moffat-esque twist in the tail, and the equally striking A Town Called Mercy (Amy, pointing a gun at the Doctor and she looks as if she really means it).
The comedy robots were genuinely funny until, shockingly, they killed a dinosaur just to make a point. That was disconcerting. After that, I didn’t even blink when the Doctor let Solomon get blown up, in fact I thought he deserved it – both emotionally (he was a repulsive character) and rationally (he did murder all the Silurians).
Nefertiti, I loved. I would have dearly liked to see her return as an ongoing companion in later episodes, she would have made a worthy opponent for the Doctor (though, with Amy’s presence, I guess that role might have started to become crowded). I am severely un-woke, but still I disliked the implication that all it needed was a bit of macho egotism from John Riddell to win her interest/companionship. He should have had to work a lot harder than that. I think the episode would have benefitted from rather fewer companions – Amy, Rory, Brian, John Riddell, Nefertiti – too many people! It didn’t leave room to do justice to all of them. (This is reminiscent of Chibnall’s Season 11).
That’s my 2 cents worth, anyway.
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