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Fear factor There is something rather grim about the watery infection in this story.The blackened mouth and cracked skin of the victims and the way in which it is suddenly revealed is spine tingling.It shows the danger of the Doctor’s hubris in striking fashion.It was a fitting swansong for director Graeme Harper, ending a 43-year association with the series that dated back to The Power of the Daleks in 1966.Fun fact This was originally planned as a Christmas story, and several festive references remain in the final version.Read our review of The Waters of Mars Starring David Tennant and Billie Piper with Elisabeth Sladen, Noel Clarke, Anthony Head Alerted by Mickey, the Doctor and Rose go undercover to investigate Deffry Vale High School, location of mysterious UFO sightings and disappearing teachers.When the series returned in 2005, the nation began counting the days until its perennial baddies would make their comeback.And Robert Shearman’s only story for the televised series didn’t disappoint.
Fun fact This being a Richard Curtis affair, there’s a guest appearance by Bill Nighy as a bristly art expert.Read our review of Day of the Doctor Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran, Bill Nighy Every so often, a Doctor Who story comes along that is like no other.This episode (the only one to date to be written by Richard Curtis) barely seems like part of the canon, so keen is its emphasis on human emotion (odd for a sci-fi show) and the restorative power of art.Members of the crew are being infected by an intelligent water-borne virus and despite the crew and the Doctor’s best efforts to counteract it, the base has to be destroyed to prevent it infecting Earth.
Although its destruction is a fixed point in time, the Doctor decides to rewrite history and rescue the last three survivors of the crew.Depositing them on Earth, Captain Adelaide Brooke, having discovered the Doctor’s knowledge of the outcome of that day, disagrees with his intervention and shoots herself to preserve history. Trailed beforehand as one of the scariest stories in the history of the series, The Waters of Mars does not quite live up to that tag.