Dinosaurs on a Spaceship


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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Series 7

Episode 2

First Transmitted

8 September 2012

Final Ratings



Series 7 Set


Series 7 Volume 1 DVD


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Regular Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gilan (Amy), Arthur Darvil (Rory)

Guest Cast
Rupert Graves (John Riddell), Mark Williams (Brian Williams), David Bradley (Solomon), Riann Steele (Queen Nefertiti), Sunetra Sarker (Indira), Noel Byrne (Robot 1), Richard Garaghty (Robot 2), Richard Hope (Bleytal), Rudi Dharmalingam (ISA Worker), David Mitchell (Robot 1 (voice), Robert Webb (Robot 2 (voice)


Written by Chris Chibnell
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Produced by Marcus Wilson


An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless The Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo…… Of dinosaurs. By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers, a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does The Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo


  • The Doctor Who logo’s texture resembled scales, like those of a dinosaur. It was also given a green hue.
  • This story introduces Mark Williams (Brian Williams) previously played Maxwell Edison in The Eternal Summer. He is more known in the Harry Potter movies
  • When Amy is at the Silurian console, she picks up a small flat white disc, however, when she inserts it into the console, it is spherical.
  • Brian had not previously met The Doctor nor seen the TARDIS. There had not been a vacant seat at the head table, and his absence is unexplaine
  • Watch out for David Bradley in the show later this year
  • The Doctor’s socks constantly change from stripy blue socks to his normal black socks.
  • On the final postcard sent by Rory’s dad, the TARDIS exterior resembles how it looked before the redesign in The Eleventh Hour. However as it was an illustration, continuity wise it could just be an artist interpretation.
  • When they first land the TARDIS on the spaceship, only the windows at the door are lit while the ones at the side are not given any lights.
  • The flying reptiles identified by The Doctor as “pterodactyls” are actually pteranodons, a distantly related, though distinctly different genus of pterosaur, as noted by the distinctive spike-like crest on the back of their heads. (‘Pterodactyl’ is a more common vernacular substitute for ‘Pterosaur’, the class of flying reptiles to which Pteranodon belongs. So the naming is correct.)
  • Shots of the TARDIS and Solomon’s ship next to the Silurian ark show it is nowhere near the size of Canada (10million square kilometres).
  • A country was previously used to describe the size of something in Time Crash.
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