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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship 

After a lengthy absence, the Doctor returns to Earth and scoops up up Amy and Rory for yet another adventure. He also manages somehow to include Rory's dad, Brian Williams. Those aren't the... See full summary »


Saul Metzstein


Chris Chibnall

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Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory Williams
Rupert Graves ... Riddell
Mark Williams ... Brian Williams
David Bradley ... Solomon
Riann Steele ... Queen Nefertiti
Sunetra Sarker ... Indira
Noel Byrne Noel Byrne ... Robot 1
Richard Garaghty Richard Garaghty ... Robot 2
Richard Hope ... Bleytal
Rudi Dharmalingam ... ISA Worker
David Mitchell ... Robot 1 (voice)
Robert Webb ... Robot 2 (voice)


After a lengthy absence, the Doctor returns to Earth and scoops up up Amy and Rory for yet another adventure. He also manages somehow to include Rory's dad, Brian Williams. Those aren't the only travelers however as Queen Nefertiti and big-game hunter John Riddell are also on board. The TARDIS next reappears on board a large ship and the Doctor is delighted to find a cargo of prehistoric dinosaurs on board. Using the ship's computers, Amy determines that the ship's crew is nowhere to be found. There is someone on board however who has no intention of giving up his precious cargo to the Doctor or anyone else who might try to take it from him. Written by garykmcd

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8 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The scene where Amy, Riddell, and Nefertiti stumble upon a sleeping Tyrannosaurus rex was almost cut as it was originally intended to feature CGI raptors, which were too expensive. However, Millennium FX realised they could use a baby T-Rex that had been in an exhibit they designed. See more »


(at around 47 mins) When Brian first looks at the Earth (from outer space), it is a mirror image (Spain on the right, Middle East on the left). In the next shot it is a normal image. See more »


Riddell: Know what I want more than anything else?
Amy Pond: Lessons in gender politics?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence is skinned differently with the Doctor Who logo and episode title covered in a reptilian Silurian texture. See more »


Referenced in Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Does what it says on the tin.
6 February 2019 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

The title of this episode sounds rather silly and the story itself is indeed rather silly in many ways but for me this is a clear improvement on a lot of the bigger, more epic stories in the Moffatt era as so many of those were far too illogical and had too many repeated contrivances. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship also contains contrivances in that it has Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and an early Twentieth Century big game hunter John Riddell inexplicably joining the Doctor on the adventure for sheer effect and contrives circumstances in order to explain having dinosaurs on a spaceship. However, there is nothing particularly problematic and the plot basically makes sense in the world of Doctor Who. While a bit silly it is also fun and has some good humour.

Amy, Rory and Rory's father Brian are also with the Doctor and Brian (Mark Williams), who has been inadvertently brought along, is both engaging and funny. Rory (Arthur Darvill) is always great and his interaction and banter with his father brings a new dimension.

The wonderful David Bradley appears here as the villainous Solomon. Bradley would later play the First Doctor, replacing the long since departed William Hartnell in a TV Special Twice Upon a Time and in a series of audio adventures (as well as playing Hartnell in a biopic). He is a great actor and adds real quality as the bad guy in this episode. Robots played by comedians Mitchell and Webb are amusing if a bit daft and the dinosaurs themselves are very well done visually. The whole episode looks good.

This is not a great episode, it is more of a comedic filler but future Showrunner Chris Chibnall has written a quite enjoyable little story and the cast and production give it quality. Overall 6.5/10.

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