I begin to see what DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat meant when he intended for series seven to be a succession of wide-screen blockbusters. The first two stories of the season have had heft and scale, high adventure and tons of characterization. “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” was the perfect follow-up to “Asylum of the Daleks” – it kept up the action quotient, but ratcheted down the stakes to a more manageable level. And the script never let up on the human element.
We first glimpse the Doctor (Matt Smith) in Egypt in 1334 B.C., where an amorous Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele) refuses to let him leave, so he takes her along to A.D. 2367, where Indira (Sunetra Sarker) of the Indian Space Agency tasks the Doctor with stopping a spacecraft the size of Canada from colliding with the Earth before she blows it up with missiles. The Doctor nips off to the African plains in 1902, and asks big-game hunter John Riddell (Rupert Graves) to join forces (by tempting him with a bit of a… riddle!). Then, in 2020, the Doctor materializes the TARDIS around Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Rory’s dad, Brian (Mark Williams).