Chris Chibnall Talks Doctor Who “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”



Season 7 of Doctor Who is underway and we are on to the second episode with “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.”

As CBN’s resident Whovian filled us in, Darren Blackburn told us in his Doctor Who Series 7 Fall Preview that “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” is only the second Doctor Who episode to feature Dinosaurs since it has been on the air.

This episode is being written by Chris Chibnall, who wrote episodes for Torchwood as well as the Doctor Who episodes “42,” “Hungry Earth,” and “Cold Blood.” Chibnall is also responsible for the Season 7 prequel series, “Pond Life,” and has also written the fourth episode of this season, “The Power Of Three.”

Regarding “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” Chibnall noted that since this is a “BBC Budget,” there has to be more to the story than just dinosaurs.

“You know going in that it’s not a Michael Bay budget. It’s a Doctor Who budget. A BBC budget, although a very good one,” Chibnall told SFX. “But you know you can’t do dinosaurs endlessly for 45 minutes, so there has to be a big ”˜other’ story going on. That was my job really, to go, ”˜Okay, this is the story I want to tell around the dinosaurs, why they’re there and who’s with the Doctor’ and all that kind of stuff.’ “

As the episode is not just going to feature the thunder-lizards, Chibnall gives us a general idea of the plot.

“The Doctor is summoned to the Indian Space Agency and is told that there’s a craft which is about to collide with Earth. And so he rounds up a gang and goes to investigate what’s on there. Because there are some ”˜very large’ life signals on there. And that’s really the main thrust of it to be honest,” Chibnall said.

Chibnall goes on to mention that the ensemble of characters in the episode includes Queen Nefertiti,  Rory’s dad, and a big game hunter — and also how the quirky group comes together.

“Before the titles the Doctor rounds up a gang. Some he is already with, some he thinks, ”˜They’d be useful,’ some he sort of accidentally ends up with. You’ll see in the pretitles how he gathers them. I think it’s safe to say that without spoiling too much.”

Head on over to SFX via the link above for more from Chris Chibnall, and be sure to check out Doctor Who this Saturday, September 8th at 9pm ET on BBCA for “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.” Here’s the preview.

For an in-depth look at the upcoming season, check out our Doctor Who Series 7 Fall Preview.

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