THE WATERS OF MARS
Well it certainly wasn't boring. It wasn't signposted as I thought it might have been. It also brought back home the idea of the Doctor as observer and it's interesting that Im watching THE AZTECS at the same time as this. Part of me felt he HAD to help them but he waited so long to do so. The other thing is: he seemed, almost resigned to the fact that he would now be the Master of Time and almost seemed Valeyardish. I don't know why he is so scared of his death when we know and he should know that he will become the "friend" of the Alex Kingston character River Song. That hasn't happened yet for him. Not sure why the Cloister Bell was ringing...just what is the danger?
In any event, this was tense, tightly paced stuff and I thought that most of them would either die or get saved and I was not sure who would and who wouldn't. I was fooled by at least two of the deaths and how they should happen so that's a good thing. Still, there's little here that's original but it's done well this time out. The entire thing hinges on Tennant and he's up to it this time out and he does a great job. Also the actress who played Adelaide. For a few brief seconds, I thought she's going to do what she did but then thought naw, that won't happen, she'll just take her chances and get her granddaughter to do what time will do. I mean she could have also made herself vanish instead of the drastic action she did take. And if the Doctor can do this stuff, what else might he do? It's well played by Tennant, too, this new found power he feels he has.
In any event, the effects this time out are perfect and the music well done again. The promo music is played to good effect again and to see the Doctor finally do something was nice. I also like that he used the robot to get into the TARDIS and he mentioned the Ice Warriors, too. The whole thing is very dark but while it is creepy, I didn't find it particularly scary. A bit disturbing but not really scary but it takes alot to scare me. Anyway I'd give it a 4/5 or a 8/10.
One more thing. I guess reading the posts on DOCTOR WHO ONLINE about how the Doctor was scary and that Tennant's rant and power drunken-ness was the scariest thing in DW...I see that but for me...the moment he did this...I felt...the tone was not there...and tha'ts good because it let me feel what I wanted to feel about this and for me, I felt IT WAS ABOUT TIME. I mean I guess just like RTD I feel I'm in love with the Doctor and trust his judgement so brilliantly that...yeah he makes mistakes...but that he should be the one in control of time...and not let it so passively stop him. He's got a time machine. He can go back and save people and not just little people...but big people too. I just...I don't know...I'd trust him if I was someone like Adeliade. I think her reaction was just too drastic. No one can know what will happen if time bends like it might have. I think she was just too strong a reactant to what the Doctor did and that maybe he was right and she was wrong. I don't think he went too far. In fact, I think he should ahve saved them earlier than he did. But I do see the other side of this arguement.