“An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.”
Well, that was quite a romp.
Previously on Doctor Who, twists threw us off and things blew up. In this week’s episode, there weren’t as many twists… there was just one, actually; and only one thing blew up. But for some reason, I’m more out of breath than I was last week.
It looks like Steven Moffat is serious with the standalone episodes. And from the first two episodes of Series 7, I can see it working. It’s like we’re back in Series 5, except our characters are more mature and, at the same time, crazier! And, as an added plus, we get to meet Rory’s dad! Who, they say, is coming back for one more episode! He’s definitely fun. As is the episode, as evidenced by the consecutive exclamation marks.
I haven’t seen Snakes on a Plane, but I can imagine a lot of screaming as snakes took over a plane. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, however, will not have you screaming–but it will definitely leave you smiling.
It’s been ten months since the Ponds last saw the Doctor, and while it doesn’t show in how they interact with him, it certainly does come out in how they don’t interact with him. Amy and Rory are more independent now. They’re not the same Amy and Rory who would go shouting “Doctor!” for every problem they face. They’re smarter, more clever, and they can deal with things without the Doctor’s help. Even when they’re in a spaceship. With dinosaurs. And Queen Nefertiti.
I must say, it certainly does feel like the writing team of Doctor Who is slowly weening us off the Ponds. I love them the same, but I’m starting to be okay with them leaving. And they’re not doing it through character assassination; which is awesome.
Amy and Rory have grown up. And they don’t need the Doctor anymore.
And much as we have grown up with the Ponds, we’ve come to the part where we don’t need them anymore either. Personally, I would to be able to visit them still. From time to time. But mentions would be cool too.
Jenna Louise, the girl who will be playing the new companion, have already proven herself capable through the series opener. We’re being weened off Amy and Rory.
All I’m hoping for now is that the Ponds don’t die.
Because, really, I would like a non-tragic parting of ways for the Doctor and his companion/s.