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Doctor Who, The Power of Three Trailer: Rory’s Dad In The TARDIS

Welcome back, Brian Williams (not that one, US readers)! Your 15 minutes of Doctor Who fame is not yet up.

Yes, the sublime Mark Williams is back as Rory’s dad Brian for this week’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Power of Three.” (Could he be the new Wilf Mott?)

Brian is examining the curious black cubes that have been appearing, and he has a number of theories as to what they might be. “Very thorough, Brian.”

Calling Comic Relief: can we get a Donna Noble–Brian Williams spin-off? Please?

Here’s an earlier trailer, in which Rory and Amy ponder their disjointed lives. Rory says they must choose between their real life and their Doctor life. But can they?

Tune in Saturday for the latest episode written by Chris Chibnall. It looks good.

Doctor Who Series 7 airs in the UK on Saturdays on BBC1 (transmission times keep changing so check local listings).

Doctor Who Season 7 airs in the US on Saturdays, 9pm ET on BBC America.

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Doctor Who Recap: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Doctor Who S07/E02 — Rory and the Doctor snog

Doctor Who Season 7 got off to an explosive start with the premiere episode, “Asylum of the Daleks”.

The second episode, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, was no less ambitious in terms of far-reaching plot and special effects. (Next week’s Wild West-themed ep “A Town Called Mercy” was shot in Spain — seriously, will we ever see Cardiff again? I’m starting to miss it.)

Written by Who vet Chris Chibnall (Camelot), it reintroduced the Silurians, who were there in spirit if not in person. They had been done away by the dastardly space pirate Solomon (David Bradley) who’d hijacked their ship/ark and was planning to sell  the precious cargo  — dinosaurs, natch — to the highest bidder.

Problem was, Solomon had been attacked by a dinosaur and, injured, had lost control of the ship. It was now hurtling towards 24th-century Earth and UNIT had targeted it for destruction.

Cue the Doctor to save the day. He decided to put the band back together, and who better to help out than Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele) and a big game hunter named Riddell (Rupert Graves)? Oh, and Rory’s dad, as played by the always completely brilliant Mark Williams.

I’ll confess: I enjoyed this episode. It was a welcome respite from the convoluted over-arching mythologies of the previous series and it had a vintage Doctor Who rollicking sense of humour.

However, it felt a bit rushed and compressed, and I can’t help feeling that it would have benefited from being a two-parter. Plus, it made me miss David Tennant and his particular brand of barely simmering rage. When the Tenth Doctor made a threat, you just knew he meant business. Matt Smith sometimes lacks that level of gravitas.

But, he and Arthur Darvill have always had great chemistry onscreen and as the Ponds continued their valedictory lap in the TARDIS it was so entertaining to see it come to fruition.

Yes, the Doctor and Rory finally got it on. Not in a full-on Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto kind of a way, but they did lock lips lingeringly.

Next week sees the gang in the Wild West where they run into Crichton Ben Browder and Adrian Scarborough. Written by Toby Whithouse it’s a Doctor Who homage to the spaghetti western, and it looks like a lot of fun.

Doctor Who Series 7 airs in the UK on Saturdays, 7:35pm on BBC1.

Doctor Who Season 7 airs in the US on Saturdays, 9pm ET on BBC America.

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Doctor Who, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Trailer: Rory’s Dad

This trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who episode, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, features pterodactyls, rampaging T-rexes and — in a sublime bit of casting — Mark Williams as Rory’s dad.

It also features Williams’ fellow Harry Potter alum David Bradley as the villainous Solomon.

Bradley most recently made Games of Thrones viewers’ flesh creep as the lecherous Walder Frey, and he’s due to hit the small screen in the television adaptation of Ken Follett’s World Without End later on this year.

The Doctor (Matt Smith) is battling to save an unmanned spaceship and its cargo of dinosaurs, so he puts together a band of rather unlikely helpers, including former Queen of Egypt, Nefertiti (Riann Steele) and a big game hunter named Riddell (Rupert Graves).

The episode was written by Doctor Who veteran Chris Chibnall (Camelot,TorchwoodLaw & Order: UKwho told SFX that the idea started with the title. “I had a meeting with Steven Moffat, and he said, ‘I have just four words to say to you: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship.’”

Doctor Who Series 7 airs in the UK on Saturdays, 7:35pm on BBC1.

Doctor Who Season 7 airs in the US on Saturdays, 9pm ET on BBC America.

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Doctor Who: Season 7 Trailer

Something to tide you over while you’re waiting for the opening episode of Doctor Who on 1st September …

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