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Series 10 Episode 9 Empress Of Mars Sat 10th June 7.15pm

Empress Of Mars. Written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Wayne Yip.

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers.

As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas.



  • The Doctor 2017

    June 10th, 2017 - 8:03pm

    OMG alpha centuri came back

  • Tim M

    June 9th, 2017 - 8:25pm

    Time to think about the overnight ratings. I reckon ‘Empress of Mars’ will be an improvement on last weeks. So I’m going to say 4.6 million.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    June 7th, 2017 - 9:29pm

    Honestly, I don’t mind Mark Gatiss’ scripts as much as some fans do. With the sole exception of Sleep No More, which I do appreciate as a worthwhile experiment but it simply didn’t work in my opinion, I think all of his episodes have actually been consistently quite entertaining. Not classics at all, but certainly entertaining TV.

    And yes, that does include Robot of Sherwood. Despite its flaws, I do remember enjoying it. The Doctor literally fought Robin Hood with a spoon!

    I also don’t expect Empress of Mars to go down as a classic (if it does, great, but I don’t expect it to), but I do hope it will be another example of an enjoyable Doctor Who episode from Mark Gatiss.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      June 7th, 2017 - 9:31pm

      Oh, and I think The Crimson Horror is underrated. 🙂

    • Falcon

      June 8th, 2017 - 7:23am

      I loved robot of sherwood and thought it was better than most of the dross served up in series 8, and agree none of his episodes are classics but all watchable

  • Prof Horner

    June 5th, 2017 - 6:44pm

    So sad the news of the death of Peter Sallis at the grand old age 96. rip.

    • Tim M

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:47pm

      Indeed. Especially in the same week that the Ice Warriors return. As it was 50 years ago he appeared in Doctor Who in ”The Ice Warriors’. He will be best remembered though for his constant appearances in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, and the voice of Wallace in Aardman animations ‘Wallace and Gromit’ R.I.P

    • Whorules

      June 6th, 2017 - 12:20am

      Very sad, yet another one gone. He’s great in the ice warriors, but I think I’ll always remember him as Wallace, and of course clegg in lotsw always watchable and one of the most distinctive voices on TV. R.I. P.

    • r1ch1e

      June 6th, 2017 - 2:19pm

      A grand actor and from what I hear a lovely man. When I was a kid he was the voice of the Rat on wind in the willows. Very distinctive voice and a sad loss. RIP

    • Jordan Scott

      June 6th, 2017 - 6:22pm

      Very sad news, loved Wallace and Gromit when I was young. One of the great icons of British TV!

    • prototype dalek

      June 6th, 2017 - 7:31pm

      RIP Sallis

  • Tim M

    June 5th, 2017 - 11:00am

    What is everyone’s top 5 Ice Warrior adventures. Mine are…
    1) The Curse of Peladon
    2) The Seeds of Death
    3) Cold War
    4) The Ice Warriors
    5) The Monster of Peladon.

    • The Outcast

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:27am

      Aren’t there only 5 tho (not including this one).

    • prototype dalek

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:30am

      1) The Monster of Peladon
      2) Cold War
      3) The Seeds of Death
      4) The Ice Warriors
      5) The Curse of Peladon.

    • prototype dalek

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:31am

      The Outcast is right, its more of put the episodes in which you love the most order then top 5

    • Tim M

      June 5th, 2017 - 1:39pm

      I’m looking forward to ‘The Empress of Mars’. I’m in agreement with Mark Gatiss, who considers the Ice Warriors to be the third best monsters after the Daleks and Cybermen.

  • Jordan Scott

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:29am

    I love how there’s a sort of “of mars” trilogy now,
    Pyramid of Mars
    The Waters of Mars
    Empress of Mars

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      June 5th, 2017 - 8:28am

      Sounds like a good idea for a DVD box set.

    • prototype dalek

      June 5th, 2017 - 10:34am

      Wonder what will be next?

    • Tim M

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:01am

      The Mars Bars of Mars.

    • prototype dalek

      June 5th, 2017 - 11:25am


  • Eluma Narty

    June 4th, 2017 - 10:51pm

    The BBC official site has the cast line up and it includes Michelle Gomez as Missy.

    Didnt think she was in it again until 11/12

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      June 4th, 2017 - 10:56pm

      Probably just a small scene at the end to keep the plot arc going or something similar.

  • Anonymous

    June 4th, 2017 - 8:06pm

    Cman1O1Dalek: The ice warriors have a Hive?!

    • Whorules

      June 4th, 2017 - 8:20pm

      Yes the ice warriors live in hives, a storyline established in the Virgin novels 20 odd years ago.

  • Alex Who?

    June 4th, 2017 - 7:19pm

    Love the Ice Warriors!

  • Whorules

    June 4th, 2017 - 6:11pm

    The ice warriors never really had their own music. Besides which in classic who the original cybermen music was used both before and after tenth planet for other stories. If I remember rightly it was in the space museum and I’m sure it was earlier as well. To echo other thoughts as well I think considering the London events of last night what music is used on a TV show is hardly any important matter. My thoughts to those who have suffered in London and Manchester…

  • r1ch1e

    June 4th, 2017 - 7:37am

    I’m sorry that this comment has nothing to do with the episode at all.
    But having seen the news today I just want to wish that everyone in the Whovian community be vigilant and stay safe wherever you are.
    God bless this world of ours!

    • The Surgeon

      June 4th, 2017 - 9:08am

      Well said

    • Doctorfan

      June 4th, 2017 - 9:45am

      What news!!

    • prototype dalek

      June 4th, 2017 - 12:51pm

      Well said r1ch1e, so sad for another incident to happen like this

    • Simon W

      June 4th, 2017 - 12:53pm

      Well Said.

    • Oliver Smith

      June 4th, 2017 - 10:46pm

      What a very nice thing to say on a popular site like this…. its a shame the Doctor is fictional, as im sure if he was real he would do his best to sort our world out.

    • r1ch1e

      June 5th, 2017 - 3:09pm

      What this country really needs, right now, is a Doctor!!

  • The Doctor Will See You Now

    June 4th, 2017 - 4:58am

    I certainly hope this episode is better than the only other Ice Warrior episode of revived Doctor Who. Cold War ranks as one of my least favourite Doctor Who episodes ever.

    • The Surgeon

      June 4th, 2017 - 9:08am

      Cold War wasn’t bad, was it? I thought it was really good.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      June 4th, 2017 - 9:14am

      I liked Cold War as well. It’s hardly a classic but I enjoyed watching it.

  • daleksean

    June 3rd, 2017 - 10:31pm

    Did anyone else notice on the next time trailer that the music used is the Cybermen music

    • r1ch1e

      June 4th, 2017 - 6:07am

      Yes I thought that was wierd aswell

    • prototype dalek

      June 4th, 2017 - 8:23am

      Just watched the trailer and again and that is a bit strange. But does seem to work though

    • CG

      June 4th, 2017 - 1:37pm

      That annoyed the hell out of me – unless the Ice Warriors have something to do with the cybermen I will be annoyed to the max for using their music!!!

    • prototype dalek

      June 4th, 2017 - 2:54pm

      Or it could have just been used for the trailer?

  • Eluma Narty

    June 3rd, 2017 - 10:11pm

    Hope this is better than the 3 parter.

  • Judooning

    June 3rd, 2017 - 10:09pm

    The Empress of the Ice Warriors sounded a lot like the Empress of the Racnoss. Is it the same actress?

    • r1ch1e

      June 3rd, 2017 - 10:20pm

      She does sound similar but I don’t remember Sarah Parish being announced on the guest cast for the series.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    June 3rd, 2017 - 9:38pm

    Finally everyone’s favourite Martians are back. The mythology of the Ice Warriors is so interesting and it looks like this episode will explore that.

    • prototype dalek

      June 3rd, 2017 - 10:10pm

      I think this will be the first time we will see the Ice warriors of Mars on Mars

  • r1ch1e

    June 3rd, 2017 - 8:41pm

    This looks Mad! In a good way of course! I don’t want to seem critical of the past few episodes because I have really enjoyed them in the most part but I will be glad to see a return to the single episode format again next week.
    And I LOVE the Ice Warriors, always did as a lad!

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      June 3rd, 2017 - 9:13pm

      I also love the Ice Warriors! It looks like Mark Gatiss is exploring new aspects of Ice Warrior life in Empress of Mars so that will hopefully be interesting to see.

  • prototype dalek

    June 3rd, 2017 - 8:36pm

    I CANT WAIT!!!!!!


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