Doctor Who The Waters of Mars S04E16 (BBC)

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

Much like the Christmas Special of last year and the Planet of the Dead, this special isn’t that good. Still, it’s an entry point to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor Who.

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An older woman is watching a message on a screen. The TARDIS appears on Mars. Humans have got a base on Mars. The older woman is in charge of the station. The Doctor is arrested by some robot named Gadget. The Doctor meets the crew, who’s a bit antsy around him.

Some gardener named Andy is changed by eating a Martian carrot.

They are in 2059 in Bowie Base One. The old woman is Adelaide Brooke. They all apparently died in 2059. The Doctor recollects what happened on Mars. He asked the date and finds out that today is the day that there is a disaster on Mars. They try to contact the gardeners, but just hear a growling. The biodome is shutting down. The captain doesn’t let the Doctor leave.

At the dome, they match the growl to Andy’s voice. Maggie wakes up and wants out of the isolation room. She’s been infected with some organism.

Tariq finds Andy, who’s mutated into something that’s excreting a bunch of water. Water is excreting out of Maggie as well. Her face is broken up around the mouth. She wants to go to Earth because of the water. Brooke and the Doctor find that Andy has also infected Tariq. They try to get away from them.

Water Andy and Water Tariq manage to get through. The Doctor reprograms Gadget as a ride. They manage to distance the Water People.

They decide to evacuate Mars. The Doctor says that anyone could be infected by this thing. The water is smart and patient. It delayed showing symptoms on Maggie so that it could get into the central dome.

The Doctor and Brooke go check on the icefields. Maggie gets out of her cage and issues orders to the other infected.

The Doctor tells Brooke that some moments in time are fixed. This is one of them. What happens here must always happen, no matter what. He makes her remember the Daleks when the Earth was moved.

The Doctor says that Brooke inspired her granddaughter to become the pilot of the first lightspeed ship to Proxima Centauri. Thanks to a maintenance log, they have proof that none of them is infected.

The captain tells the Doctor to leave. They are about to evacuate Mars. The infected are up to something. They are exerting pressure on the top of the module. The Doctor just watches the scene. The captain traps the Doctor in the airlock while he was trying to leave. She makes him tell her what happened on Mars. He says that she detonated the nuclear device and everyone died.

He tells her the Dalek spared her because her death was fixed in time. The dome has a leak. They leave for the shuttle. Ehrlich is trapped by the water and infected. Another member of the crew is infected. Ed on the shuttle is infected. He activates the auto-destruct.

The Doctor comes back to save the rest of the survivors, including Brooke. He juryrigs Gadget to go to the TARDIS with his key. He remote flies the TARDIS to the dome. Meanwhile, Brooke activates the nuclear device. The TARDIS arrives and they leave. The infected Maggie calls forth her minions from deep beneath the ice. The bomb detonates.

The Doctor has brought them back home. Brooke says that he should have left them on Mars to die. The Doctor tells her that he is a Time Lord victorious and no one can stop him.

She takes her gun and shoots herself to restore the continuity. It’s strange that the Doctor sees web pages in his head about what happens.

The Doctor sees Ood Sigma. He says that he’s gone too far. He wonders if this is his death.

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