The Waters of Mars
2009 Autumn Special
The TARDIS arrives on Mars in the year 2059, but the head of Bowie Base One, Captain Adelaide Brooke, is far from impressed by the Doctor's uninvited appearance. However, they soon find themselves under attack from a deadly water-based threat, and the Time Lord encounters troubles much closer to home…
- This episode is the Tenth Doctor's penultimate story.
- Leading up to its transmission, this episode was billed as one of the scariest episodes in Doctor Who history.
- A working title for this episode was 'Red Christmas' (it was originally intended to be the Christmas 2009 special, however the schedule was changed but the festive references stayed in).
- The title of this episode was revealed at the end of Planet of the Dead, however it had been leaked by Total TV Guide a few days earlier.
- So much detail was put into creating the Bowie Base One set that the designers even researched what sort of bolts NASA would really use!
- After a few days of filming, showrunner Russell T Davies decided to tone down the monsters as he worried they were too scary for children.
- Four trailers for The Waters of Mars were released in the run up to its broadcast. The first was released at the end of Planet of the Dead, and a new 90-second preview was shown during the Doctor Who panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009. The official TV trailer premiered on BBC One on November 4th, and a fourth teaser in the style of a NASA message also aired across BBC channels.
- Adelaide: State your name, rank and intention.
The Doctor: The Doctor... Doctor... fun!
- The Doctor: 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, whatever happens here must always happen.
Adelaide: Which is what?
The Doctor: I dunno. I think something wonderful happens. Something that started 50 years ago. Isn't that right?
Adelaide: I've never told anyone that.
The Doctor: You told your daughter. And, maybe, one day... she tells the story to her daughter. The day the Earth was stolen and moved across the Universe. And you...
Adelaide: I saw the Daleks. We looked up, and the sky had changed. Everyone was running and screaming, and my father took hold of me...
Adelaide's Father: (In flashback) Stay here. Don't move. I've got to go out. I'm going to find your mother, then I'm coming back. I promise you, I'm coming back.
Adelaide: I never saw him again. Nor my mother. They were never found. But out on the streets, there was panic. And burning. I went to the window, and there, in the sky, I saw it, Doctor. And it saw me. It stared at me... It looked right into me. And then... it simply went away. I knew, that night, I knew I would follow it.
The Doctor: But not for revenge.
Adelaide: What would be the point of that?
The Doctor: That's what makes you remarkable. And that's how you create history.
- Adelaide: Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it - not one drop!
- The Doctor: This thing, whatever it is, doesn't just hide in water... it creates water...
- The Doctor: Water always wins!
- Adelaide: I won't die. I will not.
The Doctor: But your death creates the future.
Adelaide: Help me. Why won't you help, Doctor? If you know all of this, why won't you change it?
The Doctor: I can't.
- The Doctor: You wondered all your life why that Dalek spared you? I think it knew. Your death is fixed in time forever. And that's right.
- Adelaide: You're gonna die here too.
The Doctor: No.
Adelaide: What's gonna save you?
The Doctor: Captain Adelaide Brooke.
- Adelaide: Anyone of us could already be infected. We've all been drinking the same water.
- Adelaide: Damn you!
- Adelaide: If my family changes, the whole of history could change. The future of the human race. No one should have that much power!
The Doctor: Tough.
Adelaide: You should've 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. Oh, 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, but I'm not. I'm the 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, and I don't care who you are! The Time Lord Victorious is wrong!
The Doctor: That's for me to decide.
- The Doctor: 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!?
Written by: Russell T Davies and Phil Ford
Directed by: Graeme Harper
First transmitted on: Sunday 15th November 2009
Running Time: 62 minutes
Setting: The majority of this episode is set on the Red Planet, also known as Mars, in the year 2059. The Doctor arrives on Bowie Base One, a human colony led by Captain Adelaide Brooke.
Filming commenced on 23rd February 2009. Notable dates of production include February 25th, on which fans gathered to watch David Tennant film scenes in a spacesuit at Taffs Well Quarry (Has Who Been Here Before?
), and a few days later, on February 28th, Ood Sigma was pictured
on location in Cardiff (Ood Sigma returns!
- Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan)
- Ed Gold (Peter O'Brien)
- Yuri Kerenski (Aleksandar Mikic)
- Mia Bennett (Gemma Chan)
- Maggie Cain (Sharon Duncan-Brewster);
- Tarak Ital (Chook Sibtain)
- Andy Stone (Alan Ruscoe)
- Steffi Ehrlich (Cosima Shaw)
- Roman Groom (Michael Goldsmith)
- Emily (Lily Bevan)
- Mikhail (Max Bollinger)
- Adelaide's Father (Charlie De'Ath)
- Young Adelaide (Rachel Fewell)
- Ulrika Ehrlich (Anouska Strahnz)