Our Favorite Things: Doctor Who Waters of Mars DVD
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.
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 =(
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.
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..."
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