Doc­tor Who

TV Times - - Saturday Highlights -

ad­ven­ture / 7.15pm / BBC1

Writer mark Gatiss con­jures up the spirit of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Bur­roughs with this week’s episode, em­press of Mars, when the Doc­tor, Bill and Nar­dole head to Mars to find it be­ing colonised by a group of red-coated Vic­to­rian sol­diers. But the in­vaders get an almighty shock when they en­counter an army of Ice War­riors who call the red planet home, in a quintessen­tially Bri­tish sci-fi ad­ven­ture. It’s great to see th­ese clas­sic crea­tures make a re­turn, but there’s a twist when we dis­cover the rep­tile-like race’s an­swer to an Ice Queen. Imag­ine the 1964 movie Zulu with Ice War­riors and you’re half­way there…

Mars doesn’t nor­mally look like this!

Meet the Em­press of Mars

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