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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

The Doctor arrives on a Mars base in 2059 and soon discovers the residents are under siege by corpses possessed by water. However, the time and place is a fixed event in reality, and the Doctor can't interfere. Or can he...?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x0
Airdate: Sunday November 15th, 2009
Special Runtime: 62 Minutes

Starring Roles
Lindsay DuncanLindsay Duncan
As Adelaide Brooke

Guest Stars
Alan RuscoeAlan Ruscoe
As Andy Stone
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Ood Sigma
Peter OPeter O'Brien
As Ed Gold
Aleksandar MikicAleksandar Mikic
As Yuri Kerenski
Gemma ChanGemma Chan
As Mia Bennett
Chook SibtainChook Sibtain
As Tarak Ital
Cosima ShawCosima Shaw
As Steffi Ehrlich
Michael GoldsmithMichael Goldsmith
As Roman Groom
Lily BevanLily Bevan
As Emily
Max BollingerMax Bollinger
As Mikhail
Charles DeCharles De'Ath
As Adelaide's Father (as Charlie De'Ath)
Rachel FewellRachel Fewell
As Young Adelaide
Anouska StrahnzAnouska Strahnz
As Ulrika Ehrlich
Zofia StrahnzZofia Strahnz
As Lisette Ehrlich
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor


On Bowie Base on Mars, in the year 2059, base commander Adelaide Brooke is communicating with her daughter and baby granddaughter on Earth. They soon lose the signal...

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Episode Notes
At the end, there is an "in memory" note for Barry Letts, 1925-2009, a producer for the original series.

Episode Quotes
Adelaide Brooke: State your name, rank, and intention.
The Doctor: The Doctor, Doctor,... fun?

The Doctor: (to the Martian colonists) I should go. I really should go. I'm sorry. I'm, I'm sorry with all of my hearts, but it's one of those very rare times when I've got no choice. It's been an honor.

Adelaide Brooke: What is that device?
The Doctor: Screwdriver.
Adelaide Brooke: What are you, The Doctor or the janitor?
The Doctor: I don't know. Sounds like me, though: maintenance man of the universe.

The Doctor: This thing's airtight, yeah?
Adelaide Brooke: And therefore watertight.
The Doctor: Depends how clever the water is.

Adelaide Brooke: We're safe. It's hermetically sealed. They can't get in.
The Doctor: Water is patient, Adelaide. Water just waits. It wears down the cliff tops, the mountains, the whole of the world. Water always wins.

Ed Gold: Well, at least I'm good for something.
Adelaide Brooke: Now and again.
Ed Gold: That's almost a compliment. Things must be serious.

The Doctor: This moment, this precise moment in time, it's like... I mean, it's only a theory, what do I know? But I think certain moments in time are fixed. Tiny, precious moments. Everything else is in flux, anything can happen, but those certain moments, they have to stand. This base on Mars, with you, Adelaide Brooke, this is one vital moment. What happens here must always happen.

Adelaide Brooke: It can't be stopped. Don't die with us.
The Doctor: No, 'cause someone told me just recently, they said I was gonna die. They said, "He will knock four times" and I think I know what that means and it doesn't mean right here, right now, 'cause I don't hear anyone knocking, do you? (Andy pounds his head on the window three times) Three knocks is all you're getting!

The Doctor: We're not just fighting the Flood, we're fighting time itself! And I'm gonna win!!!

Adelaide Brooke: You should have left us there.
The Doctor: Adelaide, I've done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved some little people. But never someone as important as you. Ooh, I'm good.
Adelaide Brooke: Little people? What, like Mia and Yuri? Who decides they're so unimportant? You?
The Doctor: For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor. No, but I'm not. I'm a winner. That's who I am. The Time Lord Victorious.
Adelaide Brooke: And there's no one to stop you.
The Doctor: No.
Adelaide Brooke: This is wrong, Doctor. I don't care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.
The Doctor: That's for me to decide. Now, you'd better get home. Ooh, it's all locked up. You've been away. Still, that's easy. All yours.
Adelaide Brooke: Is there nothing you can't do
The Doctor: Not any more.

Cultural References
Bowie Base is a reference to David Bowie, and his song Life on Mars.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerNikki Wilson
Associate ProducerDebbi Slater
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorWill Oswald
First Assistant DirectorWilliam Hartley
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)  |  Pam Mullins  |  Morag Smith
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorRoger Pearce  |  Rory Taylor
Set DecoratorJoelle Rumbelow
Location ManagerGareth Skelding
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
Director of PhotographyErnie Vincze
Stunt CoordinatorAbbi Collins
Production SecretaryKevin Myers
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Script EditorGary Russell
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistJulian Howarth
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Davies
Costume SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
Boom OperatorJeff Welch  |  Bryn Thomas
Art Department CoordinatorAmy Pope
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantDyfed Thomas (2)
Camera AssistantTom Hartley  |  Jon Vidgen
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley  |  Alice Purser
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerGeraint Williams
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerRose Goodhart
ContinuityLlinos Wyn Jones
Focus PullerJames Southcott  |  Steve Rees
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Dialogue EditorDoug Sinclair (2)
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsJackson Pope  |  Phill Shellard
Production RunnerSian Warrilow
Floor RunnerAlison Jones
Associate DesignerJames North
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCeres Doyle
Created ByTerry Nation
Costume AssistantLouise Martin  |  Barbara Harrington
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