Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
The dinosaurs are coming!
It’s now only one short week until the highly anticipated WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – THE ARENA SPECTACULAR returns to the UK.
If you haven’t bagged your tickets yet, don’t worry! There’s still time to get your taste of the most monstrously inspiring show of the season! www.dinosaurlive.com/tickets
Set against the iconic back-drop of London's O2 Arena; measuring 7ft 2" tall, 6ft 5" wide and 16ft 3" long, the prehistoric wonder of the world that is the Baby T-Rex from Walking with Dinosaurs wowed the next generation of budding palaeontologists Read More
Everyone's favourite prehistoric pet, the Baby T made his debut on BBC Breakfast last week with Dr Alice Roberts. Read More
Daily Mail journalist Spencer Bright recently had the incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the life-sized dinosaurs from the show. Spencer really got under the skin of these impressively intricate creations. Read More
Walking With Dinosaurs got off to a monster start in Ireland, with critics and audiences alike giving the show a DINORMOUS 'Roar of approval' The Independent hailed the live spectacular as 'awesome awesome awesome' Read More
This weekend sees the Doctor Who episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, an epic combination of the usual Doctor Who energy and brilliant storytelling with a mixture of animatronics and CGI dinosaurs. So what makes dinosaurs so popular and why is this episode a show not to be missed?
Dinosaur bones were first described in 1824 by William Buckland who discovered the fossils of the Megalosaurus. After this initial discovery, came Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus, both discovered by Gideon Mantell. However, it wasn’t until 1842 that the dinosaur grouping “Dinosauria” meaning “fearfully great lizards” was coined by Richard Owen. From this moment on, dinosaur palaeontology was born and, thanks to the many hours experts have put into researching these fantastic creatures, we have come on leaps and bounds in our knowledge.
Ever since, dinosaurs have captured and still capture the imaginations of so many across all ages all round the world. This fascination started right from those very early days where dinosaur skeletons were reconstructed and displayed among the world’s leading institutions including the Natural History Museum in London. The main fascination with these amazing creatures is their incredible size and diversity of form. Some dinosaurs were huge, towering heights of 18 metres high and 30 metres in length. Others, such as T-Rex were smaller, but still utterly compelling.
In recent years, dinosaurs have stomped their way into popular culture, including blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park and Ice Age, and on the small screen in series such as Walking with Dinosaurs and Planet Dinosaur. Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular has even featured on CSI: Las Vegas and the Simpsons, helping dinosaurs to reach new audiences worldwide. The production, which returns to the UK in December 2012, sees these pre-historic beasts of unmatched realism and size roam the stage and capture the imaginations of young and old. The show tells the story of their 200 million year domination showing them walk, roar and come face to face as they fight for survival and supremacy. Proving from the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye that they were unmatched in their greatness.
This weekend’s episode of Doctor Who will show just how this passion is still so strong in people’s imaginations. Doctor Who is one of the finest British television programmes ever made and the longest running science fiction show in the world which has won numerous television awards including the BAFTAs. “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” will be the ultimate compliment to the world of palaeontology, combining Doctor Who’s awesome storylines and spirit of adventure, with the thrill of stupendous dinosaurs in a spectacular explosion of science and dramatic art. Be sure to look out for a baby Triceratops, baby Tyrannosaurus rex and the formidable Velociraptor. This will be another guaranteed fun-filled spectacular episode of Doctor Who and a must-see for all our dinosaur fans.
Amirah Barri, Researcher on BBC Earth, MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol.