Basically, this is another good hour-long episode which suffers just a bit from being stretched out to almost two hours (including ads; its actual running time is probably closer to an hour and a half.)
Dinosaur effects have obviously come a long way since the 1970s.
"I've seen fossils." "I was there!"
And it's good to see Vastra and Jenny again (even though their Surprise Appearance isn't exactly a surprise any more).
"Your grasp of biology troubles me."
"A giant dinosaur from the past has just vomited up a blue box from outer space. This is no time for jumping to conclusions."
New title sequence: good visuals; insipid music.
"I love monkeys. They're so funny." "We're only monkeys to you?" "Humans are apes. Men are monkeys."
"I'm Scottish! I can complain about things! I can really complain about things!"
"The game is afoot! We're going to need a lot of tea."
... Did they even have 'family restaurants' in the 19th century?
"I demand to speak to the manager!"
"Dormant." "How do you know?" "I don't. I'm just hoping."
"Hello, hello, rubbish robots from the dawn of time."
And as for The Kiss... it's amusing to see reports of Fandom Hitting The Roof about it considering that in context it's not actually a kiss after all. Not the first time that has happened, either...
"Never try to control a control freak." "I'm not a control freak!" "Yes, ma'am."
"Clara? Give him hell. He'll always need it."
"I used to have a lot of round things. I wonder where I put them."
... And yes, this means that I have not fallen off the face of the earth after all. I've been meaning to write something about the (increasingly bizarre) state of local politics, but have been waiting for things to settle down a bit before putting finger to keyboard. But things haven't been settling down; so far it's a tiny little NZ-scale ball of Watergate and Murdoch's phone-hacking analogues, and the Government have started the usual post-election-loss infighting and blood-letting before even losing an election...