This is a weekly feature (Wednesdays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
Waters of Mars by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford
The Doctor stumbles across the first ever humans to land on Mars: a doomed mission. Now the water is coming for them, and it won’t stop until it has reached Earth.
This episodes is one of the most powerful of the specials, I think. There’s a return to the RTD Doctor Who formula, but it’s a formula that works for me. Unlike the past few episodes, I felt a connection to the secondary characters. Perhaps because it seems more trouble went into building back stories for the characters. While watching, take a couple minutes to pause on the characters’ “obituaries,” and you can discover some interesting information. Because I felt a connection to the characters, their deaths actually meant something. Steffi’s death was the hardest for me, and I actually cried despite this being my second time watching this episode. That’s the sign of a powerful story.
Couple other notes:
+ Adelaide is awesome and I wish she could have been a companion for longer
– the Doctor’s focus on Mia being “only 27” was a little weird considering there was another 27 year old, plus a 25 year old and he didn’t seem upset by their ages.
+ I love that RTD always diversifies his characters. Maybe not his main characters, but at the very least his secondary characters.
+ the Doctor is really hot when he gets angry
+ David Tennant is amazing, and I love how broken the Doctor in the end as he goes too far and speaks of saving “little people” and that Adelaide calls him out on it. Ugh this episode was so good!
-Does no one question how they made it off Mars? Like, seriously.