Countdown to Christmas, Day 2: Series 7, Episode 2 - "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
WARNING: THIS ANALYSIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED DOCTOR WHO OR AT THE VERY LEAST HAVE NOT SEEN THIS EPISODE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Welcome to Day 2 of the Countdown to Christmas series! Today's episode: Series 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship."
This episode is a very different one from the last one. Less scary. I like the robots. They remind me of Stormtroopers or maybe Monty Python characters. Very funny but not that bright. (Turns out the robots are voiced by the British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb, a.k.a. Mitchell and Webb. Now the comedy makes sense).
Queen Nefertiti (played by English actress Riann Steele) is really cool. I'm a history and mythology fan so seeing her was as cool for me as it is for Amy in this episode.
The reptilian Silurians are mentioned once again in this episode. Interesting how creatures on Doctor Who keep coming back. And I actually got the "ark" reference, because I know the Bible well.
Liked seeing Rory's dad in this episode and how bewildered he was. As Arthur Darvill points out in the inside peek, it does definitely give some insight into Rory's character. I also like how in-charge Amy was in this episode. She's way less emo than she was last episode. (But maybe it's because it has been 10 months since when "Asylum of the Daleks" took place, so she's mellowed out by now).
The bad guy is some guy named Solomon who's a greedy space trader. Apparently, he's played by David Bradley, the same guy who played Filch in Harry Potter. I thought I recognized him from somewhere.
I don't much care for Riddell. He does seem very much like a guy from the colonial period. (For those of you who watch Sherlock, Riddell is played by Rupert Graves, known for playing Lestrade on that show).
Given what happens to the Ponds later on in Series 7 (yes, I've already been spoiled about that), the Doctor and Amy's conversation about his relationship with her and Rory seems prophetic - especially her comment that he'll be around "to the end of me."
This episode didn't seem as drawn out as the last one. It went by more quickly than I expected. Which is good. Sometimes it's better not to draw things out.
Matt Smith was a little more tolerable for me this time around. He does know how to be not serious, apparently.
Not much else to say here. Enjoyable episode, not as dark as "Asylum of the Daleks."
Oh hey Rory's dad is played by Mark Williams, the guy who plays Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter! That's cool. I thought I recognized him too. Must've been a nice reunion for him and David Bradley. I wonder how many other Harry Potter actors have been in Doctor Who? You never hear as much about the adult actors in Potter as you do the younger actors. But the Potter cast is all-British, so it makes sense they'd appear in British shows.
Well, that's it for now. Tune in tomorrow for Day 3 and "A Town Called Mercy." Looks like a Western-style adventure next time. Yee-haw!
Oh, and don't forget to watch the new special on Friday night - The Brit List: The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists. It's on at 7 p.m. with an encore at 10. A sort of marathon of Doctor Who specials is also airing on BBC America that day, according to my TV's program guide, starting at noon. The 2011 Christmas Special is also re-airing that day at 9 p.m. Also, found out when the 2012 Christmas Special is airing here - the official Doctor Who Tumblr posted that it will be on BBC America at 9/8 PM central on Christmas Day. However, the Brits get it at 5:15pm and the Canadians at 6pm, so be careful and watch out for spoilers on the net! And don't spoil it for the Aussies and Kiwis (New Zealanders) who have to wait till the 26th to see it. Remember, SPOILERS ARE BAD.