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Empress of Mars 

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover a tomb of the Queen of the Ice Warriors on Mars in 1881.


Wayne Yip


Mark Gatiss, Brian Hayles (characters: "Ice Warriors")


Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Anthony Calf ... Godsacre
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Catchlove
Richard Ashton ... Friday
Adele Lynch Adele Lynch ... Iraxxa
Glenn Speers ... Sergeant Major Peach
Ian Beattie ... Jackdaw
Bayo Gbadamosi ... Vincey
Ian Hughes Ian Hughes ... Knibbs
Lesley Ewen ... Coolidge
Ysanne Churchman ... Voice of Alpha Centauri (voice)




The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole arrive on Mars on the year 1881 by some cryptic messages uncovered by NASA; where they discover Victorian soldiers were brought there and now are colonizing the red planet for the glory of the British Empire. But suddenly they find the tomb of the queen of an alien race known as the Ice Warriors, that are native of Mars. When the queen is awoken from her cryogenic sleep, the TARDIS team is caught in the middle of a war between Humans and Ice Warriors, but as the humans are now the invaders this time around, in which side will The Doctor stand? Written by Jose Benavides

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This episode takes place in 2017 and 1881. See more »


When the Doctor tells the Ice Warrior to halt, his arm is extended straight in front of him, but in the reverse shot it is bent at the elbow. See more »


The Doctor: Do you need a hand with the dishes? We're really very good, aren't we, Bill?
Bill: Yeah.
Friday: Friday does not require help.
Bill: [stepping up] Happy to. Honestly. Though, uh, he's better at dryin'.
[the Doctor joins her, together displacing Friday from his task]
The Doctor: Yes. Don't like the soapy water; makes the fingers go all crinkly. Nice to be home, I bet. Of course, it would be better if they'd, uh, 'killed the fatted calf,' so to speak.
[Friday turns and starts walking away]
The Doctor: Rolled out the red-planet carpet. Then ...
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References The Thing (1982) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Empress of Mars
10 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

After a knockabout opening at NASA headquarters where they discover a message on Mars in the pre title sequence, the Doctor and the Tardis crew head off to the red planet.

What they find are Victorian soldiers with an Ice Warrior reptile servant called Friday. Led by the cowardly Godsacre they were lured to Mars with the promise of treasure by Friday who himself got stranded on Earth and needed the soldiers help.

The Doctor gathers that this is all a ploy, Friday plans to awaken the Empress and this could be disaster for the Victorian soldiers.

Writer Mark Gatiss is at home writing dialogue set in the Victorian era especially if he is also being influenced by books such as The First Men on the Moon. This is really a nod to classic Doctor Who, but this also meant slower pacing and a simpler story structure, but more than made up in atmosphere and production values.

We even get a brief glimpse of a character last seen in the Pertwee era which suggests that the Ice Warriors will be making peaceful alliances in the future.

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