This week’s episode of Doctor Who can be aptly described by its title, “Dinosaurs on an Spaceship.” When an unknown, unresponsive spaceship heads towards Earth in the future, Earth sends out a distress call to the Doctor (Matt Smith). Telling the Doctor that he has six hours to stop the spaceship from crashing into Earth or the ship will be fired upon, the Doctor gathers the troops. Rather than just gathering Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), the Doctor brings two new companions to the battle, the African big game hunter Riddell (Rupert Graves) and Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele). While picking up Amy and Rory, the Doctor accidentally brings Brian Williams (Mark Williams) along with making Rory’s father the second parent to be accidentally transported through time and space on the TARDIS. Landing the TARDIS on the unknown ship, the group finds it uninhabited by anybody that could pilot the ship. The only life forms on the ship are dinosaurs. Upon further investigation the Doctor finds a smaller ship has boarded the large ship. The Doctor has to find out what happened to the inhabitants of the spaceship, figure out how to gain control of the spaceship and defeat the episodes villain, all while dealing with dinosaurs on the spaceship.
Just like the first episode this season, this episode was fairly light hearted throughout almost all of it. With quick witted jokes and quick snappy dialogue, the episode was amusing and intense. One aspect of the show that I really liked was the small Harry Potter reunion. Brian Williams was played by Mark Williams who was Mr. Arthur Weasley in all of Harry Potter films. This episodes villain, Solomon was played by David Bradley who was Argus Filch in the Harry Potter franchise. David Bradley played a great villain, a remorseless psychopath dead set on getting whatever he wants by whatever means necessary. Though he doesn’t react as much as I wanted him to when he is transported in the TARDIS, Mark Williams was a perfect person to cast as Rory’s father. Not only do the two look somewhat alike, or at least enough to make them believable as relatives, Mark Williams even copies some of Rory’s mannerisms and actions.
There were no real hints towards a season long plot save the Doctor distancing himself from Amy and Rory. His visits to Rory and Amy are getting further and further apart. Though he plays it off as if he is just busy, I have a theory as to why the Doctor is not visiting as often. I believe that the Doctor realizes that eventually he is going to have to leave Amy and Rory so he is starting to distance himself to make the moment when the part ways easier. This theory comes from a single look between the Doctor and Amy towards the end of the episode where they are each forced to consider the other’s mortality. It is a beautiful scene that hints at Amy and Rory leaving the show, something we all know is coming.
There was only one aspect of this episode that I didn’t like. Just a few minutes after they get on the spaceship, the Doctor, Rory and Brian get separated from Amy, Riddell and Nefertiti. While investigating the ship without the Doctor, Amy begins to talk and act like the Doctor, explain complicated things that she has no business knowing. The writers try to say that because Amy has been hanging with the Doctor so often that she is picking up some of his knowledge but I couldn’t help but think that Amy should not be explaining these things to me. I did not like the new knowledge that Amy seemed to develop out of nowhere.
Next week we finally get a true Western episode. The writers and creators have had Matt Smith wear his cowboy hat in a number of different episodes and now we get a Western episode. It is called “A Town called Mercy” and will have the Doctor go up against a cyborg who simply calls himself the Gunslinger. As always I will be counting down the minutes until the next episodes and will let you know what I think of it.