Critic Consensus: "The Empress of Mars" gives fans an entertaining standalone breather between major arcs that makes the most of its leads' considerable chemistry.
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This is the perfect conclusion for Godsacre; unlike his me, who made the trip for glory and riches, he was always just seeking a fresh start, and now he has one.
This had the feel of an old-fashioned Who romp, from the 'tache-twirling villain to the vintage monsters who were clearly just men in silly costumes. Loved those steampunk space suits, though.
This standalone story (scripted by series vet Mark Gatiss) gives Twelve and his gang a bit of a breather after the monk three-parter that preceded it, in what feels like a mostly satisfying if ultimately workmanlike tale.
While Empress Of Mars is no classic, I found it solid, and enjoyable, and nerdy.
The episode actually featured one rather large surprise for very-long-time fans of the series.
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