The Waters of Mars
15 November 2009
David Tennant (The Doctor)
Lindsay Duncan (Adelaide Brooke), Peter O’Brien (Ed Gold), Aleksander Mikic (Yuri Kerenski), Gemma Chan (Mia Bennett), Sharon Duncan Brewster (Maggie Cain), Chook Sibtain (Tarak Ital), Alan Ruscoe (Andy Stone), Cosima Shaw (Steffi Ehrlich), Michael Goldsmith (Roman Groom), Lily Bevan (Emily), Max Bollinger (Mikhail), Charlie De’Ath (Adelaide’s father), Rachel Fewell (Young Adelaide), Anouska Strahnz (Ulrika Ehrlich), Zofia Strahnz (Lisette Ehrlich), Paul Kasey (Ood Sigma).
|Written by||Russell T. Davies/Phil Ford|
|Directed by||Graeme Harper|
|Produced by||Nikki Wilson|
“Hello mum. Suzie says hello, don’t you sweetheart? That’s it, give a little wave” Far away, Adelaide Brooke watches her daughter and infant grandchild on her computer screen, displaying a satellite feed that sadly proceeds little beyond the initial greeting due to solar flare activity. Defeated, she turns away. Elsewhere, on a desolate red landscape somewhere nearby, the TARDIS arrives and the Doctor, dressed in his spacesuit, wanders outside to revel in his latest destination – the red plane: Mars. Across the surface of Mars is the human colony Bowie Base One. Uri Kerenski, one of the crew, clambers outside to set up a solar device and takes the opportunity to amuse himself by erecting a ‘No Trespassers’ sign.
His crewmate Mia Bennett, watching on a scanner, is highly amused but their superior Ed Gold is less so. Adelaide, their captain, also fails to see the funny side and blames Ed for this lack of discipline, assuming, much to his chagrin, that he is responsible. Back outside The Doctor arrives on a cliff top overlooking the base. However, before he can make more of his sightseeing a gun is pointed at his back. Turning to face his captor he discovers a robot standing before him…