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What did You Think of Empress Of Mars?

Now that the Ninth episode of series 10 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

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?

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Peter Capaldi returns as Doctor Who for twelve thrilling adventures. He is joined by new companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), along with returning loveable alien, Nardole (played by Matt Lucas).



  • Pats86

    June 16th, 2017 - 6:54am

    Fair enough James, you expect better and I’m with you on that.

  • prototype dalek

    June 15th, 2017 - 5:22pm

    They might use the argument of him being drafted in from the British Empire Territories of Africa as that technically was a part of Britain at the time, which would make a bit more sense if going in to more detail.

  • Doctor Stu

    June 14th, 2017 - 9:02am

    But there was only one though which sort of hints at a kind of subtle segregation and you’d think the problem would be broached with Bill as well like it was in thin ice

  • Mick181

    June 14th, 2017 - 12:48am

    There were no Soldiers of African descent in the British Army in Victorian times and Mark Gattis protested about one being in this episode but was over ruled by BBC executives. Is this a possible pointer towards who the next Doctor may be?

    PS : i didn’t personally have a problem with it

  • Jordan Scott

    June 13th, 2017 - 11:39pm

    Same, I’m quite liking the mystery around it all.

  • James Harlow

    June 13th, 2017 - 10:08pm

    I genuinely hated it. It wasn’t a specific thing as such, but lots of small things I really didn’t like.

    Something just felt off, all the way through. I didn’t particularly like the concept of Victorians on Mars to begin with, regardless of whatever reasoning they gave. The “nobody will ever remember this” aspect is taken straight from the end of The Day Of The Doctor.

    The introduction seemed like the TV version of clickbait. There was next to no reason for the Doctor and co to be there, just to shoehorn in the idea of Mars. And why “God Save The Queen”? Sure, it’s a thing Victorian soldiers said, but I highly doubt any Victorian, or the Doctor, or Bill, or an Ice Warrior, would decide to write that specific phrase to communicate with Earth.

    The Ice Warriors, I thought, were poorly executed. In 1967, they were sinister, with snake-like voices, and clunky, eerie movements and suits. The theme of staying hidden from the Ice Warriors, like the Xenomorphs in Alien, was replicated well in New-Who episodes such as Cold War, and well (apart from the leaving the suit bit). Fear was the last thing I felt during the Empress Of Mars episode. And why the Ice Warriors’ arm weapons were replaced with shooters that turn you into a ball is beyond me. I think, if you’re trying to use creatures introduced in the 60s, there shouldn’t be any fancy graphics, CG, or effects used to replicate them. If, originally, they were just men in suits making noises, the best way to honour that now is to do the same.

    I didn’t like the voice of the Ice Warrior Izlyr on Peladon, so I think Empress should have used the voices like the original ’67 Ice Warriors episode, rather than a generic (I’m a scary alien lizard) the Empress of the Racnoss, and the Silurians (new-who) have already taken.

    These things, the overacting, and more, are why I don’t like this episode. I can sort of see why people might like it, but it really wasn’t for me. I liked the Alpha Centauri cameo, but there honestly wasn’t really anything else about the episode I enjoyed.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    June 12th, 2017 - 10:35pm

    Unexplained so far. I’m expecting it to play a part in the series finale.


    June 12th, 2017 - 9:41pm

    Why did the Tardis leave the doctor and bill behind on mars?? I’m just curious.

  • Spamella

    June 12th, 2017 - 8:42pm

    I liked this espiode very much it was good to see the ice warriors in action, the doctor;s face was a picture when he saw Missy in his tardis coming to save him and Bill. The message on the planet’s surface of god save the queen added humour the story.

  • Tim M

    June 12th, 2017 - 5:14pm

    ‘The Pilot’ 7/10
    ‘Smile’ 9/10
    ‘Thin Ice’ 7/10
    ‘Knock Knock’ 9/10
    ‘Oxygen’ 10/10
    ‘Extremis’ 9/10
    ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’ 6/10
    ‘The Lie of the Land’ 5/10
    ‘Empress of Mars’ 9/10

    So far a really great series, only let down by the inconsistent and overlong monk trilogy.

  • Mark Belsom

    June 12th, 2017 - 4:48pm

    I to got very excited.

  • D0CT0R WH0

    June 12th, 2017 - 4:07pm

    The Pilot 8/10
    Smile 4/10
    Thin Ice 7/10
    Knock Knock 5/10
    Oxygen 7/10
    Extremis 2/10
    The Pyramid at the end of the world 4/10
    The lie of the land 10/10
    The empress of mars 6/10

  • Michael

    June 12th, 2017 - 1:20pm

    Oxygen 10/10
    Knock Knock 9/10
    Pilot 8/10
    The Lie of the Land 8/10
    Smile 7.5/10
    Pyramid at the End of the World 7.5/10
    Extremis 7/10
    Empress of Mars 6/10
    Thin Ice 4/10

  • Anonymous

    June 12th, 2017 - 12:58pm

    Very enjoyable episode…is it just me or does anyone else think the production budget has been cut in this series? Ever since Moffat took over, the show has had a cinematic feel to it, but this series looks cheap, like the RTD era? Th CGI is awful.

  • prototype dalek

    June 12th, 2017 - 10:10am

    Therefore he might not be a dedicated fan that watches every episode of every series, seems that only 3 of his scores are above 5 and 1/10 for empress of mars personally seems very harsh, some episode’s can be not as good as others but 1/10 for a seemingly very good episode just seems strange and just wonder why it was so bad that they would hate it

  • Pats86

    June 12th, 2017 - 7:01am

    I must admit 1/10 does seem harsh, but we all see the show differently. I myself gave the episode 7/10 and for me that is quite high and although this is a much better season compared to the last two or three it still is not good enough, I genuinely expect much better that what is on offer.
    Personally I do not understand where all these high scores are given out over what I see as mediocre writing, this is hardly a golden age for Doctor Who in my opinion, but as a life long fan like many others I will always stand by it.

  • Doctor Stu

    June 12th, 2017 - 12:00am

    It was because Ferdinand kinglsey plays a chef in ITV’s Victoria and so it was a Doctor Who mash up. Catchlove sent by a young victoria played by Jenna Louise Coleman to mars XD. I loved the continuity in the portrait of Victoria as well. ITV’s Victoria is just a game of spot the Doctor Who character they’ve got jenna Coleman, eve Myles, tommy knight, the bloke who played uncle and I swear there’s more

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    June 11th, 2017 - 11:23pm

    I too was delighted at this brilliant.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    June 11th, 2017 - 11:08pm

    Of course, and that’s totally OK. I was only asking because a score of 1/10 suggests not merely disliking an episode but genuinely hating it. Naturally, having given Empress of Mars a score of 9/10, I’m curious as to what there is to genuinely hate about it.

  • The Werewolf

    June 11th, 2017 - 10:50pm

    Scotland and Wales are in Britain.

  • Jordan Scott

    June 11th, 2017 - 10:08pm

    Not been a single bad episode this series, I’ve finally managed to rank them in some form:

    The Pilot: 7/10
    Smile: 6/10
    Thin Ice: 6/10
    Knock Knock: 6/10
    Oxygen: 8/10
    Extremis: 7/10
    The Pyramid at the End of the World: 7/10
    The Lie of the Land: 7/10
    Empress of Mars: 9/10

  • pats86

    June 11th, 2017 - 9:38pm

    James Harlow clearly wants better than he is getting, as do I.
    Not everyone gives high marks for mediocrity!

  • Queen Iraxxa

    June 11th, 2017 - 9:21pm


    The Pilot – 9/10
    Smile – 8/10
    Thin Ice – 8/10
    Knock Knock – 7/10
    Oxygen – 10/10
    Extremis – 8/10
    The Pyramid at the End of the World – 6/10
    The Lie of the Land – 5/10
    Empress of Mars – 10/10

  • WhovianFazbear

    June 11th, 2017 - 9:14pm

    I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this but I had absolutely no idea alpha century was going to be in this it was such an amazing classic Who reference and well I have to praise Mark Gatiss for putting that in

    Also here is my ratings on series 10 so far
    The Pilot – 9/10
    Smile – 8/10
    Thin Ice – 8/10
    Knock Knock – 7/10
    Oxygen – 10/10
    Extremis – 8/10
    The Pyramid at the End of the World – 6/10
    The Lie of the Land – 5/10
    Empress of Mars – 10/10

  • James Harlow

    June 11th, 2017 - 9:01pm

    I don’t think it was Capaldi or Mackie’s best work, and the Victorians seemed really over-acted, even for Victorians. Bill’s line about “Making allowances for your Victorian attitudes because, well, you actually are Victorian.” just deems so clunky and slow.

    As for the Ice Warriors, their voices seemed way too human. Comparing it to Skaldak’s voice in Cold War, where his voice was deep, gravelly, and powerful, while being fairly monotonous, but angry, the Ice Warriors in this episode seemed like a drunk man in the pub doing a pathetic impression of Dark Vader.

    The Empress was even worse. Did anyone else see that CBBC show Wizards Vs Aliens, written by Steven Moffat a few years ago? The Ice Empress sounded like the female lead alien on that. Just an English woman speaking slowly. She should have sounded a bit more like the Empress of the Racnoss, but with more power and authority, and less like Nigella Lawson.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    June 11th, 2017 - 9:00pm

    OK, I’m curious. What’s so bad about Empress of Mars that makes it a 1/10? The reviews on here have been pretty positive about it so I’m interested in knowing why you differ from the majority here. My opinion is literally the opposite: Empress of Mars is my favourite and The Lie of the Land is my least favourite.

  • James Harlow

    June 11th, 2017 - 8:50pm

    Really? I thought the Lie of the Land was the best in the series. That’s not saying much, but mine’d be:
    The Pilot – 4/10
    Smile – 6/10
    Thin Ice – 5/10
    Knock Knock – 3/10
    Oxygen – 2/10
    Extremis – 4/10
    The Pyramid at the End of the World – 6/10
    The Lie of the Land – 7/10
    Empress of Mars – 1/10

  • Obsie

    June 11th, 2017 - 6:46pm

    Alpha Centauri’s sudden appearance really jolted me and I clapped, thinking how many fans my age may have just punched the air, lol. Not only that, the original actress herself doing the voice once again, I wonder if Mark Gatiss donned his deerstalker and sought her out.

  • Obsie

    June 11th, 2017 - 6:37pm

    When he does go to Scotland it seems it will be the second time he’s been in Aberdeen-shire, after accidently dropping Sarah Jane off there all those years ago-by mistake naturally.

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