Wow, two decent episodes of Doctor Who in a row! Whatever next? Surely not a hat-trick?
The title of the episode is clearly a homage to ‘Snakes on a Plane’ – albeit not to the quality of said film, but to the premise that cool things in a cool place are just… cool, even if the script is naff. And they’re right. The episode just couldn’t go wrong. Decent gags, a triceratops that likes to play fetch with a golfball, that comedian from the Fastshow as Rory’s dad (‘Today, I shall mainly be… running away from dinosaurs!), a decent meanie (who deserves an appearance in future episodes) and a truly moving moment when the triceratops is murdered by the robot henchmen of the meanie.
More than all that, there’s a decent plot premise too. Ah, it makes me proud to pay my licence fee! Hear that, BBC?
Now, the next episode is set in the wild west, with cowboys and a… cyborg. Hmm. Clearly, we’re into some sort of Aliens v Cowboys mash up/riff/crossover. The writers of Doctor Who seem to have stumbled onto a formula of sorts, then. Let’s hope the formula doesn’t become too, well, formulaic.