There's a difference in tone but, from the tweaked title sequence onwards, 'Dinosaurs' also has its own individual visual style. Where 'Asylum' was (wonderfully) cold and dark, this episode is flashy and bold.
After a whistle-stop tour of the universe - during which he scoops up Egyptian royal Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele), blustering big-game hunter John Riddell (Rupert Graves), his faithful companions the Ponds and, accidentally, Rory's dad Brian (Mark Williams) - the Doctor (Matt Smith) arrives on a space ark that's under threat from a missile attack and contains... yes, dinosaurs. And plenty of them.
The Doctor is terribly proud of his new "gang", but unfortunately it becomes clear fairly quickly that 'Dinosaurs' is rather over-stuffed. With so many characters to handle, Chibnall's script underuses both Riddell and - at least until the episode's final act - the bold Nefertiti. The guest characters' limited screen time means they're rather one-dimensional - thankfully the spirited performances of Graves and Steele do help breathe a little life into them.
A supporting character who does get a good showing here is Mark Williams's Brian Williams (or 'Brian Pond', if you like) - an exasperated but actually rather capable TARDIS traveller. Fast Show comic Williams has a natural chemistry with Arthur Darvill - combine that with the pair's passing physical similarity and you have no problem buying their father-son relationship.
Rory and Brian argue and banter but there are also touching moments of genuine concern between the two. We're glad that Williams is set to return in Chibnall's second Who contribution this year, 'The Power of Three' - he delivers cracking lines like "What sort of a man doesn't carry a trowel?" with aplomb.
Moving on to our regulars - Matt Smith gets a chance to enjoy the more playful side of our favourite Time Lord following last week's rather dark opening, provoking a grin with even the most arbitrary of lines: "Not really had a gang before - it's new!"
Karen Gillan also gets a little light relief this week as Amy is given her own pair of companions and is able to 'play Doctor' - her fun interaction with Nefertiti is a highlight of the episode.
And Arthur Darvill's not short-changed either - in addition to Rory's relationship with his dad, we also get to see his "awesome nursing skills in action" and the relationship between the Doc and Rory - often neglected in favour of more Doctor/Amy scenes - gets a fine outing here. Their kiss/slap-fest at the 30-minute mark is a hoot.
There's still room for a little drama amongst all the dinosaur-based tomfoolery though - Amy's fear that she and Rory have been replaced by Riddell and Nefertiti is telling and her later conversation with the Doctor about their changing relationship is another of the episode's best moments, hinting at dark events to come...
Also bringing some necessary gravitas to the proceedings is David Bradley as ruthless and deeply unsavoury space pirate Solomon, with Matt Smith playing their scenes together a shade darker to match.
It's just a shame that Solomon's accompanied by a pair of camp robots who sound an awful lot like Peep Show's Mark and Jez - possibly a step too far into silliness.
Still, the scenes in which the Doctor and Solomon face off are terribly engaging, though the episode's resolution - in which our hero leaves his nemesis to die - may be a step too far. The Time Lord's actions seem uncharacteristically dark and at odds with the tone of the rest of the episode.
Our final thoughts - we wouldn't want Doctor Who to be like this every week, but the whole point of this latest series is that each episode has its own distinct style. As a one-off, 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' is a fun, jolly romp that moves at lightning pace, albeit a rather uneven one.