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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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