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Doctor Who. Series 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"


Actually, the title says it all. "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship".


If you want to turn someone onto Doctor Who, and that someone has no idea what the show is about, this is probably the best episode to start them off with. When he/she asks you "What's Doctor Who about?", you just answer that it's about an alien in a blue police box that can travel through time and space. And this episode covers pretty much everything.

This should be on everybody's bucket list.

The Doctor travels through time and plucks out new companions (or in his words, a "gang"). There's Queen Nefertiti (hehehe... "titi") from ancient Egypt, and John Riddell (Rupert Graves, who plays Lestrade in BBC's Sherlock) from the African plains, both of who end up flirting. (Sorry, turns out John Riddell isn't even a real person. Just checked Wikipedia.)

"Do you actually know what 'titi' means in Filipino?"

Then he travels to the present and plucks out the Ponds. This marks the first time I've seen the TARDIS materialize around its passengers, resulting in Rory's dad Brian tagging along. Brian is played by Mark Williams, who also played Mr. Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Plucking out the Ponds─by materializing around them.

Now we get to see what a Silurian spacecraft looks like. We don't get to see any Silurians though, except for the one on the video screen. But we do get to see their cargo─dinosaurs. On a spaceship.

A Silurian ship looking very much... Silurian.

There's also the two huge robots, who I personally find quite funny, but I suspect other people might find annoying. And we also get to see a great performance from David Bradley, who if you remember played Argus Filch in Harry Potter and Walder Frey in Game of Thrones.

"I don't want no wisecracks about Harry Potter or Game of Thrones."

Anyway, what I really can't stand is the foreshadowing. Is Amy Pond going to die? That is the question. Although this isn't a Steven Moffat episode (this is written by Chris Chibnall), this is a Moffat story arc, and damn it, I'm pretty sure he's going to throw in some more foreshadowing next episode.

Please don't die, Amy. Please.

P.S.: I think I've figured out the opening titles for this series. They change skins for every episode. The previous episode used a logo with black dots, which symbolizes the Daleks. For this episode, the logo had some kind of reptile skin, which symbolizes either the Silurians or the dinosaurs. Or both.

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