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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (DVD)

Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: "Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not one drop"... all will be revealed in TheWaters of Mars starring Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.

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Something terrible awaits the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) on the surface of the Red Planet in The Waters of Mars, the second 2009 Doctor Who special in the handful of shows that brought Tennant and producer Russell T. Davies's tenure on the venerable UK science fiction series to an end. On one hand, the hour-long story is an unsettling hybrid of horror and science fiction, with the Doctor joining forces with human colonists on Mars to fight a life form that turns its hosts into zombie-esque creatures (younger fans should be forewarned that the infected colonists are quite alarming). But The Waters of Mars is also about a schism that develops within Tennant's Doctor as he approaches the end of his current form (Tennant closed out his run on the series with the two-part special that followed, The End of Time): his knowledge of the fate of the colonists and his inherent need to help others results in a decision to use his powers over time and space, with devastating consequences. The result is one of the most dramatic stories in the long history of Doctor Who, and it's highlighted by powerful turns by Tennant and Lindsay Duncan as the leader of the Martian outpost. Extras are unfortunately limited to an episode of the informative but lightweight Doctor Who Confidential that covers the making of The Waters of Mars, and stands in stark contrast to the supplement-heavy archival Who discs. --Paul Gaita

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Doctor Who Confidential: 60-minute behind-the-scenes special

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  • Actors: David Tennant, Lindsay Duncan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZHKZFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I keep asking myself if I'm ready for the David Tennant finale, and I'm not quite sure that I am. It's gonna be hard and emotional and if this episode is any indication, Tennant and Russell T. Davies are going out with a bang, and rightfully so. Of all of the episodes Davies has penned for the series, "The Waters of Mars" ranks somewhere at the very top. It's a little more menacing than what we've seen before and Davies takes our favorite Time Lord down a darkened path that will disturb the faithful, while recalling echoes of the classic series (remember the Valeyard?). But Davies really shows his brilliance and passion for the Doctor with this episode, and even as the Doctor is reacting to the situation in frightening ways we'd never dream of, there is the underlying reason for his behavior, which Davies reminds the audience of, which in turn makes your heart ache for the Doctor and his truly tragic existence. This is an episode full of pathos, and Tennant absolutely dazzles, proving exactly why he will be missed by millions the world over. Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide Brooke is also a stunner in her role and her final scenes with Tennant, as she confronts the Doctor and tries to set him straight, will send a shiver down your spine.

All in all, it's going to be interesting to see how they bring the Tennant era to a close, to the heartbreak of a multitude of fans, and I hope it lives up to the expectations. But even if it does or it doesn't, it ain't gonna be easy. David Tennant has completely endeared himself to the Whoniverse and it's going to be hard to watch him leave and watch that first episode without him. But that is the nature of the Doctor Who beast, I suppose. Change is never easy, but the next chapter in the life of our favorite Gallifreyan awaits. As for Russell T. Davies? The Whoniverse owes him a debt of gratitude for resurrecting our beloved time traveler and returning him to our screens and hearts with such brilliance and care. Bravo to all!
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I wasn't too terribly impressed by the previous two specials, "The Next Doctor" and "Planet of the Dead", but this one was much improved.

The Doctor pays a visit to Mars where he meets a group of people he knows well from history, and that he knows are doomed. He knows that this isn't one of those times when he can intervene and that the best thing to do is just to leave. He knows all this. But he stays, and in staying winds up showing the audience just how very few the steps are between the Doctor and the Master.

The overall problem of weird alien things at the Mars base isn't that interesting. We're told up front everyone's going to die, so there's not much tension there. What we get instead is a fascinating example of how the Doctor's mind works and just how dark he can be at times. We see how close he is to the Master and, going even farther back, just how he might end up as the Valyard.

This wasn't a perfect story, but it was very, very good, and I'm really looking forward to owning it on DVD and to seeing the last two specials. I feel much more confident about them being good than I had after watching "Planet of the Dead".
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David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor comes closer to the end in the very dramatic and suspenseful "The Waters of Mars."

In this adventure, the Doctor finds himself on "Bowie Base One," the first human colony on the planet of Mars. It is an ill-fated colony that proves to be a fixed point in time. As most Whovians know, the Doctor isn't supposed to mess with fixed points in time (but he does sometimes anyway). What happens with this colony will affect the future of humanity, but when the sinister fate that is to befall the colonists rears its ugly head, the Doctor goes into "god mode" and tries to save the colonists despite their fates already being sealed in history. What happens at the end of the special proves to be both brutally shocking and extremely sad for both the viewer and the Doctor.

The enemy in this tale, a virus intent on survival (which, as always, means that it want to get to Earth so that it can claim it as its own) causes the humans that it infects to become these grotesque creatures that literally drip with water, spray water, and shoot water from their bodies. They are quite frightening to look at, and this is the only Doctor Who adventure that my daughter (aged thirteen) refuses to watch again. She's scared to death of the infected humans and outside of the Weeping Angels, these creatures are one of the scariest enemies the Doctor has ever faced. They provide an excellent catalyst for the Doctor's actions, and of all the Tennant specials, this is the best in my opinion.

If you're aware of what happened in the specials that occurred before this one, you know that Tennant's Doctor is travelling without a companion and is, in all honesty, sort of getting a god complex.
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The water is contaminated, the space station compromised. David Tennant is his usual bundle of energy and personality. This is a decent stand alone special on its own. However I recommend that you start with series 1 with Christopher Eccleston and watch in order series 1-5 and then the specials in order Wikipedia has a guide to the series. It only took 2 episodes to get me hooked on Doctor Who I am now watching the original Doctor Who's the 1st through 8th Doctors to get the back story that is sometimes referred to in the series.

Ok I might be bias, so far I haven't met a Doctor Who I don't like. If you like Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchhikkers guide to the Galaxy, just about any marvel movie, or anything sceince fiction your going to love Doctor Who
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