Hold onto your fezzes, Figs! The Doctor is back, and each week, we’ll be recapping his adventures. It’s basically like riding the TARDIS back in time to last night so you can watch the episode all over again. Yep, totally the same thing.
In this installment, the Doctor is called to help out because there’s a giant spaceship heading toward Earth. The earthlings have launched missiles at it, so he’s only got a few hours to figure out what’s happening on board. He rounds up the usual crew—the not-divorced-anymore Amy and Rory! Oh, and
Mr. Weasley Rory’s dad, Brian. And Queen Nefertiti. And Riddell, a super manly hunter. Seriously, I would NOT complain if this became the regular gang, because these guys are awesome together. So much witty banter.
They enter the spaceship and discover DINOSAURS. This is, like, Jurassic Park in space, you guys. The poorly animated reptiles aren’t quite as scary as some of the usual enemies, but they make for a pretty awesome episode premise. (All I’ve ever wanted from life is to see Mr. Weasley play fetch with a triceratops.)
The group gets separated, leaving Amy with only an absurdly helpful computer to assist her. By pressing ALL the buttons, she figures out that they’re on a Silurian ship that’s kind of like Noah’s Ark, but for dinosaurs. But the Silurians are nowhere to be found. Suspicious…
Meanwhile, Rory, Brian, and the Doctor are captured by some hilarious robots. The Doctor pulls a well-placed “Take me to your leader,” and he’s led to the treasure-hunting
Argus Filch Solomon. Turns out, Solomon massacred all the Silurians and stole their precious cargo of dinosaurs. While he’s no Weeping Angel, Solomon is a pretty terrifying villain in his own way. He only cares about material possessions, so he’s totally fine with killing everyone in his path to get what he wants.
With the missiles only minutes away, Solomon demands Nefertiti in exchange for the others’ freedom. The Doctor is obviously all, “NO WAY,” but Nefertiti sacrifices herself.
As Rory and his dad pilot the ship to safety (cue “AWWW!”), the Doctor teleports into Solomon’s escape pod, where he’s about to leave with Nefertiti. But Nefertiti breaks free and the Doctor redirects the missiles toward Solomon’s ship. Bye Solomon! In theory, I have no issues with the death of this jerk, but it was kind of weird that the Doctor was so willing to kill him. The Doctor never kills if he can help it, right?
But the earth is safe, the bad guys are gone for now, and Rory’s dad has developed an adorable love for travel, so all is well in the end. The episode wasn’t huge on moving the overall plot forward, but it was a fun adventure. We were treated to some excellent girl-power moments courtesy of Amy “I’m easily worth two men” Pond and Queen “I’m not your possession” Nefertiti. Also, the Doctor kissed Rory, so there’s that.
And seriously, dinosaurs on a spaceship. You can’t go wrong with dinosaurs on a spaceship.
Photo credits (from top to bottom): © BBC (Photographer: Todd Antony/Designer: Lee Binding); Adrian Rogers, © BBC; © BBC; © BBC.