Doctor Who, series 10, episode 9 – Empress of Mars

If you love Jules Verne’s stories you will also love the ninth episode of series 10: a group of British soldier from Victorian time arrived to Mars. In the year 1881. And the Doctor gets into it after NASA’s rover discovers the message these soldier let behind under the ice cap on the pole, a century and some years later: God save the queen. The Doctor soon find out that an Ice Warrior took the British soldiers with him from Earth to help him reach the Ice Warrior queen’s sarcophagus (the Ice queen is a first in the show).

The soldier in red quicky become an invading force, a doomed one as long as the native’s technology is much more superior than the invading one. And the Doctor have to save both sides from certain death: the old war, from so many years ago, let Mars without atmosphere and Ice Warriors could hardly restore their civilisation on the surface.

Bill’s role was not important, almost decoratif. No trace of her personality was obvious, as a part of certain fact: she was only a woman between mail warriors (including the Doctor).

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Richard Ashton (Friday), Ian Beattie (Jackdaw), Anthony Calf (Godsacre), Lesley Ewen (Coolidge), Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey), Ian Hughes (Knibbs), Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove), Adele Lynch (Iraxxa), Glenn Speers (Sgt Maj Peach).

Next episode, the tenth of series 10, it’s “The Eaters of Light”: a long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

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