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Our Favorite Things: Doctor Who Waters of Mars DVD

We take a look at Doctor Who: Waters of Mars

The past year has been a bummer for some of us Doctor Who fans with David Tennant leaving the show. Luckily, the fans got to see Tennant as the Doctor a few more times in five Doctor Who specials: The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The End of Time Part One and Two, and my personal favorite The Waters of Mars.
 
In the special, The Doctor ends up on a human colonized Mars base about 50 years from now, and he meets the first Earthlings to colonize another planet: A pivotal point in human history. The Doctor realizes that this crew ends up dying the day he visits, and as much as he tries to leave, his curiosity gets the best of him. The Doctor finds that the crew's water filtration system has gone array, and a virus trapped in a glacier, where the crew's drinking water comes from, is infecting them and turning them into these bizarre water creatures. The Doctor realizes this event is a fixed point in time and there's little to nothing he can do except save his own butt.
 
It's a dark, depressing, and a creepy episode. Once infected with the virus, people begin shooting water out of their orifices and have this bizarre look on their face combine with a blank stare. Some of the more creepy moments come when one of the infected is locked up in quarentine. It also has one of my favorite endings to any episode of Doctor Who where the Doctor has this amazing revelation, and in that instant, seems to lose his mind. Said revelation changes almost everything about what the Doctor can and can not do as he travels through time. It also connects current Who mythology back to the old series, without throwing it in your face. The Doctor makes several references to the Ice Warriors, who were a re-accuring villain during the earlier days of the series. 
 
By far, over the past year, this has been my favorite Who episode. On the surface, it's a pretty traditional episode, but below there's so much more to it. I believe the episode actually aired in 2009, but I didn't actually get my hands on it until it was released on DVD in 2010.
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Posted by Silkcuts

thanks for sharing!
I need to watch more Doctor Who, this looks cool.

Posted by EisforExtinction

The ending is ice cold. ICE COLD. Some major jackedup-ness.

Posted by PrinceIMC

This was the best of the Tennant specials in my opinion. So sums up the Doctor and what he does.
Posted by difficlus

SAw it, IT was amazing. loved the episode...

Posted by CaptainUseless

I loved that episode, really good. 

Edited by grasslover

It's not that amazing then "Blink", but definitely the best special episode of the Tennant-era.

Posted by rlmay3

This was a good one!! It was on Netflix Instant for a while, but it might be gone now.

Posted by jordama

THis one was never that special to me. I understand that it should have been monumental, but it seemed like it was going to happen eventually.
Posted by Backflip

'Time Lord Victorius' was such a Crowning Moment of Awesomeness for the 10th Doctor. This was a brilliant special.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

I am basically a Doctor Who clone and this was David Tennat's crowing achivement as the Doctor. He will always be my top Doctor( maybe Tom Baker's) 
Time Lord Victorius is Right!!!!
Posted by LadyGrn

I really liked this movie! Surprising ending!

Posted by Jacquenette_Harper

I liked this one, it was an amazing special!

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Couldn't agree more Matt, I'd say that was one of the highlights of his era. 

Posted by Mercy_

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Posted by satanmode

  David Tennant's got the crazy eyes on this cover
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i didn't really like this special, my favourite Tenth Doctor Special is his first episode, The Christmas Invasion, it was a good regeneration story with cool aliens and David Tennant wasn't all "oh i'm the best Docotr ever because i have stuck up hair", and Russel T avies wasn't writing bad as shit stories with romance and gayness 
 
as a Who addict i was hoping they were going to have the Ice Warriors as it was a perfect opportunity, but they didn't =(
Posted by Icemizer

Ah the poor Doctor. This could have been a very great special but the very end took that away. A Doctor who was not afraid to use his power over time would have been very scarey. It would have changed the premise of the show so I understand why it wasnt done, but just leaving that out there and then pulling the possibility away was to much to take.
Posted by Sharliecash

david tennent is the best doctor so far but the new one matt smith is really good

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Posted by caesarsghost

some pretty awesome stuff goes on in this episode- at one and the same time the audience is led to think "yeah, Doctor! Way to be a bad-a!" and then, when it gets a little out of hand, you think quietly to yourself "yeah, dude needs someone to keep him sane..."
Posted by Mercy_

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