Doctor Who on BBC America second episode was funny, amazing and poignantly sad. This episode also felt like filler, yet you can tell that Amy and Rory’s time is coming to an end.
The show starts off with the Doctor and Queen Nefertiti. She is trying to get up close and personal with the Doctor, but he is thankfully called away. It appears that there is a spaceship on a collision course with the Earth, and it is up to the Doctor to investigate.
He of course takes a group of companions, which consists of Nefertiti, a big game hunter John Riddell, Amy, Rory and Rory’s dad Brian. This group may seem a little odd, but this is Doctor Who so of course it is perfectly sane to have all of these people out of their own time to be in a completely different timeline. It is that kind of show.
They get on the ship and learn several things such as the ship is a Silurian ship that is full of dinosaurs, and that guy from Harry Potter, Argus Filch, who you know is evil. As it happens he killed all the Silurians to take over the ship. He is a collector of sorts, and a ship full of dinosaurs apparently was too much to pass up.
This episode, while fast paced, also seemed a different show from the first episode that started the season. I liked the interaction between Rory and his dad, and the fact that the Doctor called him a Pond. Nefertiti and the John Riddell were fun to watch, because with both being from two timelines, they just rubbed each other the wrong way.
It was also a sad episode. The collector, whose name is Solomon is a mean, greedy, sadistic bastard who killed a race of beings just so that he could exploit their cargo for his own means. He even kills a defenseless triceratops. He of course gets his comeuppance twice. The first time is when he can’t get the spaceship he took over to his own destination and the second time is when the Doctor has his ship destroyed by the missiles coming from Earth. For a man who hates violence, his life is always full of violence.
Brian, Rory’s dad, was a real hoot. He did not like to travel, and always seemed to have the oddest things on hand from two golf balls to a trowel. Yet by the end of the episode, he rides a triceratops, and flies a spaceship with Rory and has tea (I assume its tea, this a U.K. TV show after all) and watches the Earth from the Tardis. He grew from a man not living to truly living, thanks in part to the Doctor.
Last but not least were all the funny lines that always seem appropriate no matter the subject.
Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:
Doctor: “How do you start a triceratops”?
Doctor: “You don’t have any vegetable matter in your trousers, do you Brian”?
Brian: “Only my balls. Golf ball, grassy residue.”
Doctor: “Brian Pond, you are delicious.”
Brian: “I’m not a Pond.”
Doctor: “Of course you are.”
Overall another solid episode of Who. While I absolutely loved the first episode of the season, this episode just seem like it was out of sync, but was still very, very good. In fact I feel like the Ponds, being that the Doctor is jumping around all over the place, without seeming rhyme or reason. Yet the last scene in the Tardis as Amy and Rory are watching the Earth with Brian, the Doctor has this look in his eye. Even if we didn’t know this was the Pond’s last few episodes with the Doctor, that look says it all.
I give this episode five stars. How could I not? It has dinosaurs in it.
Doctor Who airs on BBC America on Saturdays at 9e/p
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