Doctor Who Season 4, Episode 16: "Waters of Mars"- Review


As The Waters of Mars draws to a close, the tenth Doctor moves one step closer to his demise. Indeed, this is the second instalment of David Tennant's four-part swansong, with the actor set to take his final bow as the Time Lord in the double episode The End of Time, (set to air on the BBC over Christmas) before Matt Smith takes over the role in the New Year.


However, it's not just the audience who understand that the Doctor's days are numbered. He knows it too, with the Time Lord - for the first time - looking nervous, acting indecisively and utterly unsure of himself for much of this episode, his impending doom is playing on his mind.


We begin with the Doctor arriving on Mars, for little more than a spot of sightseeing apparently. But while taking in the scenery he stumbles across a base built by colonists from Earth and learns that the year is 2059, and that the base is Bowie Base One - the first human outpost on Mars. In command is the brilliant but slightly scary Adelaide Brooke (played superbly by Lindsay Duncan), plus an international crew of scientists.


The Doctor is immediately concerned. He realises that he's turned up on the exact day that - according to history - the base is destroyed in a massive nuclear explosion. Before he has a chance to bail, however, Captain Brooke discovers that two crew members have been infected by a mysterious alien life form that causes their skin to crack and water to gush from their bodies.


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Nov 19, 2009 8:36AM EST

It was a great episode.
The almighty Doctor is losing it.
His line: "The laws of time are mine, and they will obey me" was priceless.
Looking forward to "The End of Time", the 10th Doctor's final chapter and the return of Donna Noble and The Master!

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Nov 22, 2009 5:01AM EST

This episode started well, went painfully boring and uninspired in the middle, and then had an utterly brilliant ending. It kind of sucks they wasted the great idea of the Doctor going a bit nuts on an episode with such ridiculous monsters and dull characters. To be honest, if it wasn't for all the praise the ending was getting on the internet, I wouldn't have bothered finishing watching it.
RTD is obviously a talented writer, but his work with Doctor Who has always been a bit hit-and-miss, and this episode showcases that inconsistency quite blatantly.

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Nov 22, 2009 5:08AM EST

That said, it's always possible RTD is saving his best ideas and most dramatic writing for the final double-episode. I'll watch it with an open mind, at least.

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Nov 23, 2009 8:14PM EST

The monsters were lame but only if you dont look at what they mean in reality. The monsters aka the waters of mars are basically the hatred and intolerance of mankind. As the doctor said water never stops it always finds a way. Same as hatred and intolerance it is always looking for a way to kill and harm your average human being. The end was perfect the doctor decided that he was more important than time and fate and that he could change what shouldve happened but the adale brooke said it was wrong what he had become and knew she shouldve died and decided it was better to die a hero than to live a lie. She knew that the universe, the future of mankind, and her family has more important than her own life so she sacrificed her life to preserve it indefinitely.
That is the point of the episode and if you cant see the beauty of it then you are too blind to be watching shows like this, I suggest you watch some reality tv.Just kidding:P

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