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Doctor Who: 702 “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”

Just to let you know, there will be spoilers in this review – so be warned. We start in 1334, Egypt, with the Doctor getting a lot of attention from Queen Nefertiti after he has saved her kingdom. They both get whizzed off to a distress signal from Earth (2376) where a ship is on a collision course. No one is answering so it’s up to the Doctor to nip on to the ship and see what is going on. Before that however, he decides he wants to have a gang with him; so old favorites Rory and Amy turn up, as well as Rory’s poor dad Brian, who gets taken along accidentally for the ride. We also meet a hunter called Riddell from 1902 who is pals with the Doctor. This motley crew zip aboard the ship to find dinosaurs!

From here the crew have to figure out why the hooting heck dinosaurs are on this spaceship, where said spaceship came from, and where all the crew are, as well as turning the ship around because if they don’t do it fast then they are going to get nuked out of space. The group are quickly separated with Amy, the Queen and Riddell not doing much other than potter around, while the Doctor, Rory and Brian find two slightly camp robots who introduce us to Solomon – who has a busted up leg, until the Doctor heals it for him under duress. Amy and co find out that the ship is a giant ark for the dinosaurs built by the Silurians to try to leave Earth before it all got a bit hairy for them. Remember them? If not then they used to look like this.

But now look like this. Personally I think the older one looks better but that is not really relevant so back to the plot.

The Doctor finds out Solomon had all the Silurians killed so he could sell the dinosaurs, but then got stuck on the ship because he had no clue how to fly the plane without them and his own ship was stuck! To wrap it all up Solomon threatens to kill everyone unless Nefertiti goes with him. She does. The Doctor finds out how to free Solomon’s ship and the Silurian ship (need to have the same DNA strand so lucky Rory and Dad are on board, hey?), the missiles get fired, the Doctor rescues Nefertiti and plants a tracking device on Solomon’s ship, so the missiles blow him up, they move the ship away and everyone is happy.

This actually seems like a very complex episode but in fact it’s actually quite basic. I have very mixed feelings about this episode. In viewing it ,it’s a silly old mess. The Doctor’s new chums resemble very much the Bill and Ted movies (hey, they both use phone boxes so why not!). They are quirky and silly, and some do nothing other than be there – but with the Bill and Ted movies they had an hour or so to give each character a little bit of a story. Here there are three new characters and really only one gets the most screen time, and that’s Brian, Rory’s dad.

Now don’t get me wrong, he is great in this playing the same kind of stuck up and never happy characters he used to play on The Fast Show (or Harry Potter if you have no idea what The Fast Show is) but as fun as he is poor Queen Nefertiti does not get much to do aside be flirty and kick Solomon in the balls later on and Riddell gets even less screen time coming off as a reject from Jurassic Park.

What we do get is the two surly robots voiced by Mitchell and Web of Peepshow fame (or the Magicians if you saw that). They are great and come off a little like Mardy Vogons from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Solomon is fantastic; he just oozes evil out of his very pores. You really do want to give him a good kicking but you would be too scared to. David Bradley plays him (another Harry Potter star) and he is a villain who should make a return as he was great. The problem is that he won’t, because the Doctor actually gets him blown up. No one seems to bat an eye lid, either. I thought the Doctor never killed anyone? He shuts down the robots (in a great homage to 2001) which is fine, but no one questions him on the murder of a scum bag?

This is just one of the many plot holes. Solomon says he spoke to the Silurians about buying their dinosaurs but they said no, so he woke them up in small batches and threw them out into the vacuum of space one at a time. Bit harsh yes, but I got confused. How long did it take to dump them out into space? I’m guessing each robot could carry four people so that’s eight at a time. Amy finds that there were thousands on the ship. That is a long job. Also why did the Doctor let Queen Nefertiti and Riddell hook up with a ray gun in 1903 when this seems to mess up whole sections of time stream continuity?

The problem for me now is after all these faults, I actually liked it. Sure it’s stupid and silly and has dinosaurs in it and makes no sense, but a part of me liked all of that. Maybe it was because of the heaviness of the last episode that I found myself more drawn to this show, or maybe I’m just a sucker for pieces that have dinosaurs in them. I can see old school Who fans hating this episode as it brings nothing to the table, is essentially filler and is blooming daft. Which are all fair points.  But we have to remember, pretty much every series before, it was silly in some episodes. I was terrified by the liquorice all sorts man from the Sylvester McCoy era which today looks ludicrous and that same episode had cannibal grannies in it which is like something Troma would put out!

At the end of the day this show is, and always will be, aimed at children. Sure it has a lot of adult fans now, maybe more so than ever before, but we grew up watching Who as kids and now as adults can see and appreciate the whole Who mythology. For a small child however, who has never seen the show, this would be the perfect episode for them to jump into the Who universe – and if it gives a kid his first glimpse of Doctor Who, I’m all for it. Doctor Who has always tried to do a balancing act between stuff for children and adults (much like The Simpsons) and some times it just makes episodes for the young ones, and there is nothing wrong with that. Don’t be to sad adult Who fanboys and girls I’m sure soon there will be a more cerebral episodes in the future, but for now let the kids have their fun. In your defense though it does seem like writer Stephen Moffat is just going through his childhood fantasies list this series. I mean look at the next episode; it has space cowboys in it!

Doctor Who: Series 7 – New Trailer Hit, It’s Awesome!

The BBC Website released what all of us Doctor Who fans had been waiting for. The new trailer for Series 7! I’ll talk about it soon, but first just go and immerse yourself in the best 90 seconds that has ever been broadcast on the world-wide web!

Now as you can tell from my unbiased introduction I love Doctor Who! The last series I feel struggled in some areas, but was still some of the greatest television Sci-Fi of the last year. Lets break down what we have right here to look forward to.

Daleks. Yep they are back. It seems they come back every series even if their home world has been destroyed, there is only one of them left, etc! These are old school Daleks, so they must be from the Doctor’s past. The Daleks got a make over in the new series and became all techno-colored. Can’t tell if we’ll see those new Daleks in the upcoming series, but it’s nice to see the retro ones back in action.

We also see some dinosaurs, lots of them it seems! The raptors looked the most impressive, but the Doctor, Amy, and Rory riding a dino means there is still that element of fun in this series. There even looks like there is a dinosaur hunter similar to in Jurassic Park.

The Doctor Who series has always loved robots, and I love these anime style ones with the slightly camp accents. Just a shame the did not appear more in this trailer! But it’s not just robots! There is an awesome scene with a cyborg cowboy [Ed. Note – ala Westworld] and the Doctor riding off on a horse with his Stetson on! The cyborg cowboy reminded me of the old 1994 Sci Fi mash-up Oblivion, which was a cowboy/alien movie long before Cowboys vs Aliens arrived on our screens.

And just to give you all nightmares, there’s the child ‘weeping angel’ which will be keeping me awake tonight!

The old cast appears again starting off straight away with Amy and Rory being kidnapped with the Doctor by the Daleks. They are all over this trailer. In fact, so much it seems, that they are likely going to be around for at least the first few episodes. We already know there is a new assistant, but we don’t know when she will be appearing. My guess is that either Rory and Amy will be on the entire series and leave at the end, or there will be a more violent end for the duo. Maybe River Song is involved as we already know she is in the trailer.

The main focus of the trailer is the Doctor’s anger. Throughout every series there has always been that aggressive and dangerous streak and here it comes out in full. The end scene of all the dead Daleks, and the Doctor holding Amy in his arms is chilling. Here’s hoping the rest of the series lives up to this trailer.

‘Doctor Who’ Documentaries on BBC America, Plus New Series News

New episodes of Doctor Who are not due until Autumn (boo!), but from BBC America (via Geek Exchange) comes news of four original documentaries due to air soon. Each covers a different subject important to the Doctor Who universe.

The Science of Doctor Who premiers on Saturday the 4th of August at 11:00pm (ET/PT). It explores the real life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in the series.

The Women of Doctor Who premiers on Saturday the 11th of August at 9:00pm (ET/PT). It looks at the women who have passed through The Doctors life.

The Timey Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who premiers on Saturday the 18th of August at 11:00pm (ET/PT). It looks at the topsy-turvy confusing nature of time and time travel in the series.

The Destinations of Doctor Who premiers on Saturday the 25th of August at 9:00pm (ET/PT). It explores the myriad of places The Doctor has travelled to across time and space.

They all sound very interesting, and I am slightly narked that they are on BBC America. Hopefully they will show them over here in Blighty at some stage.

Elsewhere the BBC has announced the titles of the first three stories of the new series.

The series opening episode will be Asylum of The Daleks. It will, apparently, include every Dalek ever! Even including the Special Weapons Dalek. It will also feature the biggest set ever used on the show.

The second episode will be entitled Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. It will co-star Mark Williams (The Fast Show and the Harry Potter films) as Rory’s Dad, Brian, and Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as a big game hunter. It will also feature the second biggest set ever used on the show.

The third episode will be called A Town Called Mercy. This Western story – which was filmed in Spain earlier in the year – will co-star Ben Browder (Farscape and Stargate) and Adrian Scarborough (Psychoville and Gavin & Stacey).

Roll on Autumn.

Are You Ready For ‘Dinosaurs vs. Aliens’?


Mash ups in movies are not a new idea. Hell, they started back in the early 40’s when Abbott and Costello met Frankenstein, and Dracula was having a fist fight with the Wolfman.

But recently with the popularity of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and all those spin offs and movies such as Freddy vs. Jason and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer they seem to be all over the place! Well, here’s another one for you; Dinosaurs vs. Aliens. Film Drunk has footage of the upcoming work by comic legend Grant Morrison and Barry Sonnenfeld (of Men in Black fame) in this part trailer part commentary.

Now this looks pretty frikking cool! Sure there has now been an abundance of these types of movies but I just love them, I cannot get enough of them. The artwork involved in this is stunning. The aliens look a lot like the Matrix aliens with maybe a dash of District 9 thrown in there and the story seems like Battlefield Earth but with errrrr Dinosaurs! Who does not want to see that!

This was just for information on the motion comic but in these interviews from yahoo screen Grant also says he is penning the comic and movie and it will be a whopping three parts!

Interview 1

Interview 2

Interview 3

While Zimbio.com had this information on the graphic novel publication and artwork to boot.

From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of the “Men In Black” Films), and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles, Action Comics, 18 Days), comes “Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens,” by Liquid Comics. The story focuses on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined.


So hopefully you are not sick of these combo movies yet as there is plenty more to come from Grant and Barry!

TERRA NOVA is Going to Crash Your Par-Tay This Fall!

During the Superbowl, I was very unimpressed with the movie previews we were treated to during the commercial breaks. Captain America seemed to be the only one that really stood out, but that was a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ affair. But there was a TV preview that looked exceptional, it was called Terra Nova.

At first glance it looked like a movie, and being it was produced by Steven Spielberg you can’t help but think it’s going to be an instant hit. Initially I was surprised to see it was made for TV and not a major theater release. And I’m fine with it being on TV so as long as the production value is top-notch and there is a good cast.

The production value will remain to be seen past the trailer, but the quality cast is already evident upon seeing THE Stephen Lang, whom many know as ‘Colonel Quaritch’ from James Cameron’s Avatar. Here at Grizzly Bomb though, he is honorably known as the Party Crasher!

The story of Terra Nova revolves around a family living on Earth in the year 2149. The Earth at this point is a dying planet due to war, pollution and Justin Bieber overload.

Bieber – Ended!

A family, the Shannons, are then transported back in time 85 million years to the prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. There they find themselves among a colony of humans called Terra Nova.

The Superbowl trailer teased not only with the show but also a sneak preview in May. However, according to an article at IGN the show will not be seen at all until fall this year. Not even a preview due to the effects not being finished. As much as I want to see Stephen Lang crashing a dinosaur’s par-tay, it would be best if they didn’t present us a preview with half-assed effects, that would just kill it for us.

But have no fear, if you’re in need of a Party Crasher fix, he will be with us soon enough in August when he destroys Conan the Barbarian!