Doctor Who

Episode Special

The Waters of Mars

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2009 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


The Doctor comes to the aid of a military base under attack from sentient waters. It may be another stand against immeasurable odds, but waiting in the wings for the Time Lord is a sign that all songs must end...

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  • I will never forgive this episode

    A long-time watcher of Doctor Who (and I'm talking the 70s), I will never forgive this episode for being so scary it gave my kid nightmares and turned her off Doctor Who, and for letting the Doctor turn into a megalomaniac.

    I remember this episode had some metaphysical merit, and I might have felt differently if I'd watched it alone or in adult company, but as I unwisely watched it with my child, I will never forgive it for being the most horrific Doctor Who ever.moreless
  • Deliciously Dark

    On the surface it may have seemed like an over-done, mindless-zombie, generic plot. Once you delve deeper (not just regarding the antagonists/s in this episode) and the full truth (and potential consequences) take(s) hold, the episode became all the more terrifying.
  • The Waters of Mars

    The Waters of Mars was another perfect episode of Doctor Who and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and very well written. It was intriguing to see a situation where The Doctor must hold back and not interfere too much as it is a fixed point in time and space. The characters were awesome and it was cool to see a space station on Mars. I liked how heroic The Doctor was along with Adelaide Brooke. I liked how every thing played out and the ending was sad and foreboding. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Edgar Allan Poe Writes Doctor Who Script!

    A very dark episode with the Doctor unraveling near the end.

    Watched it twice- once alone, to make sure it was okay for my seven year old as I had heard it was dark- and once with him, letting him know what was happening to take some of the edge off.

    Well, I liked it a lot better on the second watching. I think watching with someone else helps suspend disbelief, and I got over my dislike of the simple 'Alien' plot.

    There is some great dialog, some missing plot (typical of Doctor Who), and great acting and direction. The Captain Adelaide character is fantastic.

    There was some subplot with the 2nd in command I don't understand- even on the second viewing. His dialog was hard to pick up.

    I did get annoyed with the deus ex machina getting out of hand. This run of Doctor Who (e.g. the new who) is constantly adding new mystical powers to the doctor to pull plots together. As a result, the metaphysics of time are becoming a nonsensical mess. Most writers would be shot for this kind of lazy writing (sonic screwdrive to the rescue! Some new Doctor Who power to the rescue!) but I've come to the conclusion that it's part of the format. People would be sad if there wasn't a sonic screwdriver bit in an episode. Still, I do think they are overusing it. The doctor psychically seeing future newspapers to anchor the plot? Come on!

    It I'm critical, it's a 5 or 6. But if I'm in a fun mood, and accept the format of the show, it's an 8 or 9. And I have to say- the expectation for the next episode is overwhelming!

    BTW- those who haven't seen it, The Sarah Jane Adventures has a Doctor Who visit in S03E5 and 6 (Sarah Janes Wedding). It was pretty good.moreless
  • Water always wins. Or does it?

    After the disappointment of the the first special is was not sure what to expect from this episode. I need not have worried, the magic was back and better than ever. The situation the Dr finds himself in is a horrific one even before the main plot reveals itself. As he says "I should leave, I really should leave". The Doctor is powerless, not because of his adversary but because of the Laws of Time themselves. Then a change takes place. It is as though the Doctor has seen enough death and destruction and he finally snaps. Through his actions he becomes a (demi)god (Humm I wonder!!!) and almost Master like. However events play out in such a way that the Doctor is brought to his knees, quite literally and the realization of the consequences of his actions sink in. The Cloister bells are ringing once more; he shall knock four times....moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Doctor briefly mentions the Ice Warriors to Adelaide, who were an old alien race that made several appearances in the classic series. Their first encounter with the Doctor was in the series 5 episode: The Ice Warriors.

    • The Doctor's acceptance of dog-shaped robots as opposed to human-shaped ones is a reference to K-9, one of the Fourth Doctor's companions, who later appeared in School Reunion in Series 2.

    • The Doctor's 'space suit' is from Sanctuary Base 6 as evidenced by the SB6 logo. It was last seen in the episode The Satan Pit.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Adelaide: State your name, rank, and intention.
      The Doctor: The Doctor, Doctor,... fun?

    • The Doctor: (to Mars colonists) I should go. I really should go. I'm sorry. I'm, I'm sorry with all of my hearts, but it's one of those very rare times when I've got no choice. It's been an honor.

    • Adelaide: What is that device?
      The Doctor: Screwdriver.
      Adelaide: What are you, The Doctor or the janitor?
      The Doctor: I don't know. Sounds like me, though: maintenance man of the universe.

    • The Doctor: This thing's airtight, yeah?
      Adelaide: And therefore watertight.
      The Doctor: Depends how clever the water is.

    • Adelaide: We're safe. It's hermetically sealed. They can't get in.
      The Doctor: Water is patient, Adelaide. Water just waits. It wears down the cliff tops, the mountains, the whole of the world. Water always wins.

    • Ed: Well, at least I'm good for something.
      Adelaide: Now and again.
      Ed: That's almost a compliment. Things must be serious.

    • The Doctor: This moment, this precise moment in time, it's like... I mean, it's only a theory, what do I know? But I think certain moments in time are fixed. Tiny, precious moments. Everything else is in flux, anything can happen, but those certain moments, they have to stand. This base on Mars, with you, Adelaide Brooke, this is one vital moment. What happens here must always happen.

    • Adelaide: It can't be stopped. Don't die with us.
      The Doctor: No, 'cause someone told me just recently, they said I was gonna die. They said, "He will knock four times" and I think I know what that means and it doesn't mean right here, right now, 'cause I don't hear anyone knocking, do you?
      (Andy pounds his head on the door window three times)
      The Doctor: Three knocks is all you're getting!

    • The Doctor: We're not just fighting the Flood, we're fighting time itself! And I'm gonna win!!!

    • Adelaide: You should have left us there.
      The Doctor: Adelaide, I've done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved some little people. But never someone as important as you. Ooh, I'm good.
      Adelaide: Little people? What, like Mia and Yuri? Who decides they're so unimportant? You?
      The Doctor: For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor. No, but I'm not. I'm a winner. That's who I am. The Time Lord Victorious.
      Adelaide: And there's no one to stop you.
      The Doctor: No.
      Adelaide: This is wrong, Doctor. I don't care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.
      The Doctor: That's for me to decide. Now, you'd better get home. Ooh, it's all locked up. You've been away. Still, that's easy. (opens door with sonic screwdriver) All yours.
      Adelaide: Is there nothing you can't do
      The Doctor: Not any more.

    • Adelaide: You said we die. For the future. For the human race.
      The Doctor: Yes, because there are laws. There are laws of time, and once upon a time, there were people in charge of those laws, but they died. They all died. Do you know who that leaves? Me! It's taken me all these years to realise the laws of time are mine, and they will obey me!

    • The Doctor: (to Ood Sigma): I've gone too far. Is this it, my death? Is it time?

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