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Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Who Invented Dinosaurs on a Spaceship?

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship or Dinosaur Planet?

Do you ever hear a concept and think: ‘they’ve cracked the formula for things I had no idea I’d love but I instantly want to know everything about!’

Yep, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – a truly unique idea…

Or not, if you happen to be Matt Hibbett, creator of the infectiously barmy Dinosaur Planet – a musical/album where said Dinosaurs, pursued by giant robots, return to earth via a spaceship – who come ten past eight on Saturday night was inundated with texts from concerned friends pointing out the similarities between this and next Saturdays episode:

“I was actually at the Paralympics when the episode went out and I got a flurry of texts and tweets from friends at ten past eight, pointing out the similarities between my story and the ‘Next Time’ trailer.”

The trailer, for those still picking their jaws off the floor after Asylum of the Daleks, shows dinosaurs returning from space after 65 million years, pursued by giant robots, with a motley crew of heroes banding together to save the earth – just like in Dinosaur Planet.

“It took me nearly two decades to finally turn my Dinosaur Planet idea into a musical and album and in all that time no-one else came up with the same story. I can’t explain how such an extraordinary plot has also turned up as the next episode of Doctor Who, but I’m not complaining – it is a great story, and it’s my favourite TV show!”

Performed by MJ Hibbett and the Validator since 2009 the Dinosaur Planet musical has toured all around the country, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camden Fringe, Leicester Comedy and Green Man festivals.

It was released as a full-cast concept album in February this year and got rave reviews from the likes of SFX magazine (who called it “Jeff Wayne’s new competition”) and io9.com (“the space dinosaurs vs. giant robots rock opera you’ve been waiting for.”)

To check out the similarites for yourself here’s the Dinosaur Planet trailer along with the Next Time trail.

Doctor Who continues this Saturday with Dinosaurs on a Spaceship at 7.35pm on BBC One and BBC HD.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



5 Responses to Who Invented Dinosaurs on a Spaceship?

  1. avatar Paul Bines says:

    I’m surprised no-one has (so far) mentioned the similarity to the Red Dwarf Series VIII 2 part episode “Pete” – which predates the musical and features, yes, a full size dinosaur on a spaceship…

    • avatar Pete says:

      I think most people are trying to forget that series of Red Dwarf existed…

  2. avatar David says:

    My son came up with dinosaur spaceships about three years ago. Spaceships which look like dinosaurs, which were sentient. He made quite a few out of lego. He’s never heard of Red Dwarf or Dinosaur Planet. He’s completely stoked about next weeks episode, as you can imagine.


  3. Steve Cole’s Astrosaurs books…

    http://www.stevecolebooks.co.uk/series/astrosaurs/

    …Steve also writes Doctor Who books. I’m saying nothing else until I have appointed a lawyer.

    ;-)

  4. avatar January Lost says:

    I’m beginning to feel like I’m the only one who thinks this is a stupid idea. :(

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