|Doctor Who: "Waters of Mars"
||[Nov. 23rd, 2009|10:21 am]
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Thanks to my secret inside source, I got a sneak peek at "Waters of Mars," the second of four 2009 Doctor Who specials that are taking the place of a regular season.
No spoilers here--it won't air on BBC America until Saturday, December 19--but I will say that it's quite good overall. I didn't like it much at the start, though. It struck me initially as just another Russell T. Davies zombie episode, and the incidental music is pretty bad, reminiscent of the awful music used during the serials of the 1980s. But by the halfway mark the episode pivots into something much more interesting, an exploration of what happens when the Doctor meddles with important moments in history. Can he prevent something from happening? Can he make things happen? It gets especially cool in the last few minutes when the Doctor goes absolutely apeshit crazy, and then in the final moment we get a completely unexpected visit from a previously seen character.
Being a lifelong Who fan, I especially enjoyed the Doctor's passing reference to the Ice Warriors, the vaguely turtle-like creatures who built an empire on Mars in the distant past, and who were first seen on the program in the serial "The Ice Warriors" in 1967, when Patrick Troughton played the second Doctor. It would make sense that in returning to Mars the Doctor would mention the Ice Warriors, and it's these little moments of attention to detail that bring out the nerd-joy in me.
I'm hoping that the passing reference means they'll show up again sometime soon.
Also, it's just been announced that the third special, "The End of Time, Part One," will air on BBC America on Saturday, December 26!