The Empress of Mars
Doctor Who Season 10



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"The Empress of Mars" gives fans an entertaining standalone breather between major arcs that makes the most of its leads' considerable chemistry.

Episode Info

"God save the Queen" has been scrawled on the surface of Mars. What are Victorians doing on the home of the Ice Warriors? And what will they find beneath the Martian soil?


Peter Capaldi
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts
Matt Lucas
as Nardole

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Critic Reviews for The Empress of Mars

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.

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Empress of Mars has so much going for it really. It's tightly written and directed, well cast, gorgeously designed, looks to the future while nodding at the past.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a shame that part of this season-which started so very strongly, and has lost its way a little in the middle a bit-had to be dedicated to that kind of thing.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

While Empress Of Mars is no classic, I found it solid, and enjoyable, and nerdy.

Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…

"Empress" is a sleek tale of honor, loyalty, and redemption told through the filter of science-fiction mavericks.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If you loved Hidden Figures, then boy, do Doctor Who and Mark Gatiss have a story for you!

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Doctor Who should be more than just a hangout show with the Doctor and his companion, but when the main pair are this good, it's hard for any episode with them in it to be genuinely bad.

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Mark Gatiss can usually be counted on to write Doctor Who episodes that are reliably suspenseful but don't often stretch the show's boundaries. He does it again with this week's "Empress of Mars," a successful standalone adventure

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…