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Best of Matt Smith: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 7 with Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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Scootersfood
Scootersfood

I think just the existance of Brian automatically gives this episode a rating of 15/10! ;)

JJ2000
JJ2000

5 - Average. Very good episode, really enjoyed it.

KingOrokos
KingOrokos

Very much a light-hearted romp of a story, this episode didn't set out to dazzle or amaze, simply to entertain, and I think it succeeds in doing that. It lacks any real punch - aside from the Silurian cameo and the Doctor's cold-hearted slaughter of Solomon (which is only properly explored in the following story), the plot pretty much trundles along as expected - but at the end of the day, it's a group of likable characters parading around a spaceship being chased by velociraptors. You can't really go wrong with a formula like that. Sure, there are quite a few story contrivances that really bothered me on first viewing, e.g. the ship's convenient requirement of two similarly-gened pilots giving Rory and Brian a reason to work together, but then this episode was never trying to be too clever, was it? Fun and funny, but nothing stand-out. 6/10.

DW_girl
DW_girl

6/10. A nice little light-hearted filler, I thought. I liked the humour between The Doctor, Rory and Brian, and I thought Amy was quite 'bad-ass' too, which was good. Didn't think Riddell and Nefertiti was necessary to the plot, and wasted valuable screen time. It was an all-round satisfying episode. It wasn't all happy-happy however, as Solomon's character was very dark, challenging the darkness within The Doctor as a result, which was crucial to his character development leading up to the 50th.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

9/10-Great episode that is unfortunately ruined by it's two conflicting tones. 

ericbfg
ericbfg

This episode is part of what makes series 7 as good as it is. The presence of David Bradly as Solomon is brilliant and his menace makes my skin crawl. 


RandomComments
RandomComments

*sigh*

I clicked to vote a "3" and the page moved, and it voted a seven. *headdesk*

DawnTime
DawnTime

A great big fat 10 for this one! for the following scrumptious reasons: Great Fun, (I mean very funny).  the Line "I am a saggitarius -probably"  as I am.  brilliant dinosaurs.  Brian Williams.  Having a Egyptian character Queen N. (I love anything Egyptian).  ohhh and the line about who has a xmas list ?  "I do".

Fantastic name of episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"  I could go on but we will be here all day will never get fed up with watching this one.

gingersnapgirl
gingersnapgirl

Okay, yes, the robots were kinda lame, but the rest of this episode is perfectly serviceable. Rewatching it recently, I really enjoyed it for what it is - a bit of fun in space with dinosaurs. No, it's not exactly the most involved episode, but what it does it does well. 8/10. 

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

3/10 - Poor 

Oh god I can't stand this story, It's meant to be funny but I don't think I laughed once while watching it. I tried to watch it again the other day and switched off half way through because it's just so boring.

Oh and where were the Dinosaurs in this story?






TheVodkaYeti
TheVodkaYeti

Absolutely adored this, loads of laughs throughout, countered with the darker theme of genocide, plus two great scene-stealing performances from Mark Williams and David Bradley. 






One of the best episodes since the return of the series in 2005. 

9/10

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

I always expected something more

It's like it was just Run...Run...Run some more, Chat, run Boom

Mr_Fiction
Mr_Fiction

I love this story. Everything I love about Doctor Who is represented here. A classic for me.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

Worst episode of Series 7 by far, possibly even of Smith's era. The whole episode has the pantomime feel of 80's Who, fantastic guest cast, unbelievable but the story itself is just a bit rubbish and full of holes. 2/10

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Wow, we're already on DOAS? Eh, mediocre episode, not a fan of the obnoxious twin robots of the insufferable Riddell, but Brian Williams and the fabulous Queen Neffy won big points with me and the Doctor and Rory's big smooch has gotta boost the score up a bit ;) 8.

Silurian53
Silurian53

The title could've been better. Something like 'Jurrassic Ark' would've been mint!

The Oncoming Storm
The Oncoming Storm

For me this episode has the best pre-titles sequence of any new-who episode, its fast, introduces new characters easily, contains humour and sets up the plot of the entire episode in the space of 2-3 minutes! I challenge anyone to name a better pre-titles sequence...

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

Rolled my eyes so hard when I read the title of the episode and understood what the premise was going to be.  But perhaps in spite of myself, I really liked this episode.  I'm sure the supporting cast, including David Bradley and Mark Williams, probably contributed to that as well.  Some good humor and lighthearted dialogue balanced out very well by a pretty dark villain and, by the end, the Doctor being darker than we've seen in a long time.  I suppose I could complain about the stupid puppy triceratops, but even that didn't annoy me as much as it rightfully should have.  Try as I might, I just can't hate this episode.  8/10.

RoryWilliamsPond
RoryWilliamsPond

 A simple, great episode of Doctor Who. There just isn't anything to fault really. A really fun story, a great roster of characters with some brilliant one liners. But it is not without a touch of darker tones, from both Solomon’s mass genocide, just for money, but also from the Doctor at the end. A bit of a pre-shadowing to The Doctor's behaviour in A Town Called Mercy. 10/10




Polyphase
Polyphase

Truly a great fun episode. Much, much better than the name suggests :)

7/10

Rani Nose
Rani Nose













With hindsight, one of the things that most fascinated me about the episode is that it brings back ideas that eventually show up in The Day of the Doctor.  With his cold-blooded dispatching of Solomon we see, for the first time in a long time, that the Doctor can be a jaded, merciless Time Lord who has no qualms about killing someone in the name of justice.  This is someone who could have wiped out his own people and the Daleks in the Time War.  Until now we haven't seen that in this Doctor.  We've become used to his childish behaviour but now we see that the behaviour is a smokescreen, hiding the pain and regret that the Doctor must feel.












The next episode, A Town Called Mercy, does much the same and, even though Moffat didn't write it, uses one of Moffat's favorite tricks, parallel construction, to show that the Doctor has suffered much the same was as Kahler-Jex.  It is interesting that these two episodes were the first two filmed for series 7 as they both appear to me as set-ups for The Day of the Doctor.






grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

So much unexpected fun. Quite a different episode for Doctor Who. One of the highlights of Series 7. Great addition of Rory's dad. Sparkling dialog. The Doctor has a "gang"! The Comedy Gold moment. Even a mean old villian that, in fairness, the Doctor did give a chance to leave. .The dinosaurs were very well done, the robots, too, to be honest, and I could have done without them, but they "fit". The spaceship was a marvel.

And that bit at the end of them looking out the TARDIS' door as it floats above earth - perfection, that scene was.

Easily a 9/10.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

'Dad, I'm twelve going on thirteen, I don't like episodes about this kind of stuff anymore.'

Well, I do! 10/10!

Wastemaster24
Wastemaster24

8/10 i hate the title i think they could find something more subtle like The Dinosaur Ark or something like that anyway really like this ep i re-watched it recently and i found it very cool 

awkward912
awkward912

The most fun 45 minutes of all time. 10/10. 

sontaran17
sontaran17

So as you know Ive already given my rating for this excellent adventure (10/10) but I can't help but notice that one thing that has angered people is that The Doctor in a sence 'kills' Solomon -- but I don't get it! The Doctor is no stranger to murder and genecide - The Nesteen Conciousness, Cassandra, the family Slitheen, The Raccnos's children, The Krillitanes, The Wire, The Beast, The Abzorbaloff, The Sontarans, even Old Amy Pond, and oh so many Daleks! All these enemies the Doctor has killed either directly or indirectly or atleast partly, because it needed to be done. Solomon, an evil tyrant, who kills the most innocent of creatures (Tricey ;'( ), not to mention being responcibile for the death of hundreds of Silurians- and all to make a buk or two... Money- the root of all evil! He needed to be stopped, there was no hints of reconciliation or regret in his eyes - no remorse for the disgusting way he 'claimed' Nefy, - Hes an evil, murdering pig- A Villian in ever sense... And it needed to be done. The Hero, The Doctor needed to defeat him, and make sure he could never repeat the cruel acts again. Once again this is a perfect example of how CC can balance the Doctor's personality perfectly, offer up a fun adventurous episode, while still having a prominent and dark subplot, of the Evil Solomon, and how far the Doctor will go to rid the universe of evil.  10/10 No Question





Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

I absolutely love this episode its so quirky and brilliant 9/10

The Wizard of Fez
The Wizard of Fez

Looking back at it, there should be something wrong, but there isn't

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

6/10, not my favourite episode, though Brian was very good. It seems a bit wrong, as I've enjoyed the Ponds, but after Oswin's appearance, I was ready for the Ponds to move on, and the new Companion to come in...

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

7/10 - This one is a good story; not many faults, and it doesn't try to be too much. It is exactly what it is - a fun little adventure with dinosaurs on a spaceship. But by that same token, there isn't much about it that really blows me away. I did love Brian and Lestra... Riddell, and Amy and Rory were really good as well. Matt; I can't say enough good things about him. David Bradley did very well as Solomon, who was quite chilling and sadistic. He made for an enthralling villain, and was also something of a rarity in the modern series at that - a human villain. I didn't like the robots, though. I could have done without them.

Something that I really like about Series 7.1 is that it isn't arc-driven. As much as I love long story arcs, I felt that the five-part character study that is S7.1 was effective and well-organized; showing us the growing distance between the Doctor and the Ponds, and the resultant emergence of the Doctor's darker side (which in this episode was illustrated by him unflinchingly leaving Solomon to die, which was played excellently by Matt
), which is something that would go on to pervade the rest of Series 7 as well.

Wardrobe: 4/10 | Asylum: 7/10 | Dinosaurs: 7/10

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Great humour, a fun episode in general. There wasn't an arc overshadowing the episode, it was simply an adventure in its own right. Though the robots were unnecessary and pretty silly, I'm giving it an 8/10

EricPavlat
EricPavlat

10/10.  Only about seven Smith stories get 10/10 from me, and this is one of them.  Why?  Brian.  Riddell.  Amy being shown to now be competent and confident in alien situations.  The Doctor being unexpectedly, shockingly dark after traveling alone.  Fun dinosaurs.  Silly robots.  A human opponent being formidable.  The surprising power station.  All in one episode.  Yeah, it had no deep themes or anything, but I enjoy it tremendously, and it really is one of my seven favorite Smith stories, up there with Pandorica Opens/Big Bang, A Christmas Carol, Girl Who Waited, Day of the Doctor, and precious few others.


The Genie
The Genie

9/10.  Never judge a Doctor Who episode by its title; you'll often find that it's the complete opposite. 

Muxerman
Muxerman


7/10 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is a very interesting episode. It unleashed the 6-year-old me when I first watched it. It was exciting to see the Doctor and his gang riding a triceratops through that amazingly coold Silurian Ark. Brian Weasly (sorry Pond) was hysterical with his off-beat humor and it was pretty fun to see the annoying yellow robots bicker like Peri and Six. Solomon was an extremely sinister villain. He was so despicable that he could casually commit genocide just to get his hands on that precious cargo of dinosaurs. However, he was where the lightheartedness and the dark undertones of the story met and didn't coalesce very well. It was very awkward to listen to jokes and bickering robots after Solomon threatened to sexually harassing Nefertiti. Solomon got what he deserved, but I want to see him return for Series 8.









Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Brian. That's all I can say about this.

Galax
Galax

@The Oncoming Storm  Rose, Doomsday, Turn Left, The Stolen Earth, The Pandorica Opens, Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War, The Name of the Doctor... And the cake scene in The Vampires of Venice ! ;)





ponchopanda
ponchopanda

Name of the Doctor even if just for Hartnell

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I want to see Brian's reaction to the Doctor after Amy and Rory have gone.

dschram
dschram

@Liana21 you will just have to read or write fan fiction for this unfortunately

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

That would be awkward! Like, "Hi, I'm your granddaughter that you never knew about and I am part Time Lord."