The second episode of the series promised a much more light-hearted story, filled with fun, frolic and oh a few Dinosaurs. The Doctor is in charge of saving Earth once more when an unmanned ship (filled with Dinosaurs) careers towards Earth: he must get aboard the ship and find a way to steer it away from Earth before it is blown to pieces by Earth missiles. What the Doctor doesn’t count on is Solomon an old, crippled collector of objects that is determined to keep hold of his precious cargo.
My excitement factor was kicked into high-gear for this week’s episode thanks to the appearance of two Harry Potter alumni appearing in one episode – David Bradley (aka Mr Filch) as the villainous Solomon and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) as Rory Williams’ Dad – Brian!
Now before I move on, can I just gush about my personal highlight of this episode (and to be honest I don’t know whether it will be topped by anything else this series): Brian Williams. Now I love Mark Williams as an actor, the man has such a comic talent and he puts it to brilliant use here. I fell in love with Brian’s character instantly thank to Williams’ acting and the writing talents of Chris Chibnall. I also loved the double act he created with Arthur Darvill and it certainly reminded me of a Father/Son relationship. The only word I feel that describes Brian fully is…Legend.
Doctor Who also goes for a new format in terms of the amount of friends the Doctor brings along. As well as the Ponds and Brian, we also see Queen Nefertiti and a hunter named Riddell join creating the Doctor’s self-proclaimed ‘gang’. It certainly works during this episode, although once or twice you are left cringing at Riddell’s macho comments.
Other great moments for this week include the Dinosaurs – there’s a nice mixture and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Tricey-it was simply adorable! The two robots were also comedy gold, cleverly voiced by one of the best comedy duos around today Robert Webb and David Mitchell. There is also a great lead performance by Matt Smith in this episode –the Doctor is being seen more and more as like a big kid, believing his life is far more entertaining than ‘normal’ boring life. We’re seeing that Amy and Rory go back to their normal lives after each episode, perhaps showing that they are getting too old for their adventures with the Doctor. However Matt Smith also gives us a glimpse of the Doctor’s more unforgiving side, something that we will see more of in next week’s episode.
This episode is just a great big ball of fun – entertaining, silly and humorous, reminding me of the days when Russel T Davies was at the head of the Doctor Who ship. Next week’s episode promises to be more serious than this one as we march on. I’d definitely say this episode was close, if not on par with last week’s episode in terms of entertainment factor.
Rory: Dig with what?
Brian: Ah! (produces a trowel)
Rory: Did you just have that on you?
Brian: Of course! What sort of a man doesn’t carry a trowel? Put it on our Christmas list.
Rory: Dad, I’m 31. I don’t have a Christmas list any more.
Doctor: (from afar) I do!
(Dinosaurs on a Spaceship)