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'Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars'
(David Tennant, Lindsay Duncan, et al / DVD / NR / 2010 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: "Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not one drop"... all will be revealed in 'The Waters of Mars' starring Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded 'companion' yet.

DVD Verdict: The third stand alone adventure from 2009 sees The Doctor landing on Mars in the year 2059. After the Doctor lands and encounters a crude robot he his taken to the Mars base called Bowie. There he meets the first group of human settlers and realizes they are all going to die. The Doctor knows the base explodes and that thier is nothing he can do to save any of them.

Soon enough the first crew member comes into contact with a strange life form that turns him into a mindless monster that can wield water. Soon enough the others contract this strange illness and a desire to return to Earth with all that water. The captain realizes she has to get those not infected off of Mars and back to Earth. But the Doctor knows none survive and he can't do anything. For the first time the Doctor has to walk away and not be able to save anyone but himself. Can he come to terms with what fate has in store for them. Or will water come to Mars in a way no one saw coming?

Like the two before this sees the Doctor in a new light one scary and one we never saw coming. He always helps and saves those from monsters and aliens bent on destroying the world or the universe. But we see two sides of him, the one who has to step away from those points in time that can never be changed no matter what. And a side in which he realizes he is the last of his kind and all the power he wields can be used to save true innocents from the ravages of history.

We see what he would have been like if he was the Master. And I have to say from all my years of watching this episode truly saw things in the Doctor we never saw. And I have to say I liked it. [JR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) and comes with the Special Features of:

Doctor Who Confidential: 60-minute behind-the-scenes special