An episode with a deliberately jokey title turning out into one of the most straightforward and fun episodes recently? And, after all I’ve bitched about this never happening, the story has feminism front and center and unashamed? By Chris Chibnall, whose record on Who* has been at best mixed?
I wasn’t expecting THAT.
O “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
- I love the story’s categorical opposition to objectification.
- I love Nefertiti’s agency.
- I love Amy’s agency.
- I love the way Riddell learns. He starts out straight-up misogynist, but he learns. This is so cool, people.
- I love that no one makes excuses for Riddell’s behavior. No, the problem is him and his views of women, and Amy is quite right when she suggests a course of gender politics.
- I love Amy fangirling over Nefertiti. (“She’s cooler than you.”)
- I love Amy and Nefertiti getting along rather than catfighting.
- I loved thatin the future, lots of countries have space agencies and seem to take turns defending Earth.
- I loved that, after the Doctor kissed Rory, Rory just made this hilariously weird face (Arthur Darvill shines in this episode, especially his reaction shots) and then that was it; nobody lost their shit or anything.
* I’m being unfair to Chibnall here. He’s clearly a hell of a writer, because he wrote the hell out of some episodes of one of my very favorite TV shows ever, the exquisite Life On Mars.