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