Forget snakes on a plane – Review of Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

When I was a kid I loved dinosaurs. I read about them, drew pictures of them and even made Airfix plastic dinosaur models.

My favourite TV programme was Doctor Who. But on the one occasion that Doctor Who did dinosaurs it did them badly. The 1970s Jon Pertwee story showed the prehistoric lizards invading the streets of London and confounding the attempts of the army to stop their lethal rampage. Except even to the impressionable eyes of a youngster like me it was obvious that the mighty lizards were just badly designed glove puppets superimposed on to photos of empty London streets.

Since then we’ve seen films (Jurassic Park) and TV series (Walking with Dinosaurs) boasting convincing CGI lizards. So in keeping with revamped modern Doctor Who series 7’s attempt to deliver a block buster movie each week, the CGI in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” had to be cinematic. And it was. Even on a BBC budget.

Review of Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
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The episode itself was great entertainment. It veered from comedy in the early scenes (Matt Smith’s joy at seeing the dinosaurs) to darkness at the end (Matt Smith dealing ruthlessly with the very unpleasant bad guy Solomon).

And whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I can’t help wondering whether the producer decided that dinosaurs on a spaceship was a random good idea and then tried very hard, and not entirely successfully, to make the plot device fit the story.

That’s only a minor quibble though. I still think Doctor Who is the best all round drama entertainment series on TV at the moment for all ages.

Over to you: Do you agree with my Review of Doctor Who Dinosaurs on a Spaceship? Was it a bit convoluted? Or do you think it worked? How did it compare to famous dinosaur entertainment like Jurassic Park. Leave a comment, share your thoughts or post a link.

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