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4.16 - The Waters of Mars

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/28/19 12:59 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This is an exciting and expertly put together story from Showrunner Russell T. Davies who proves again his great ability as a writer. It features the Doctor arriving in 2059 at the first human colony on Mars 'Bowie Base One'. The Doctor is detained and meets the commander Captain Adelaide Brooke. On learning the date he feels he needs to leave as events due to occur are to become famous and are pivotal in human space exploration. It is a fixed point in time in which he feels interference would be exceptionally risky and 'against the rules' of time travel. Crew members start to be infected by an alien virus but the Doctor is still very reluctant to get involved.

All the ideas in this story are interesting, clever and excellent. The risks of time travel interference are explored intelligently and lead to a very dark and shocking conclusion when the Doctor shows his more reckless side going against the principles he normally lives by and then faces the consequences. The sequence is uncomfortable to watch and very challenging but it is logically done and perfectly judged so it actually adds a whole extra dimension to an already superb story. Steven Moffatt seemed to spend most of his time as Showrunner trying to recreate this dark edge to the Doctor but massively overused his far less successful attempts. As a one off Davies has got it just right and for Moffatt to keep trying to make the Doctor act 'dark' just came across as out of character in later stories and was a mistake. It should have been left as a single act of the Doctor going over the line.

The thrilling 'water zombies' are scary and effective and all the action and plot development is top notch. The dialogue is of the highest standard and the characters are totally believable and very well formed. All the acting is fantastic from all the guest cast especially Lindsay Duncan as the Captain. David Tennant is on absolute peak form showing his full range and phenomenal talent.

Every aspect of this adventure is as good as Doctor Who gets and even the challenging ending that freaked me out on first viewing is really just an extra plus as it is good to be challenged as long as it works logically. It gives further depth to this thought provoking, powerful and absorbing thriller of an episode.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/18/15 10:20 am
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The Water of Mars finds the Doctor arriving in 2059 on the day that the inhabitants of the first Martian station perished and he wants to leave as he can't change what happens as it's a fixed point in history. However, the base's commander, Adeline Brooks is suspicious and won't let him leave. The Doctor stays and discovers what happened to the base and its crew.

In terms of science fiction and time travel, this is just an amazing story.
The acting of Tennant holds this together as it examines that question of the rules of time travel and if they should ever be broken. And we find out what happens when the Doctor gets tired of keeping the rules. The final scene is absolutely chilling and one of the most perfectly performed scenes in the new series.