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The Empress of Mars



Critic 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 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.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The episode actually featured one rather large surprise for very-long-time fans of the series.

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.2/5 | Full Review…

Despite an awkward start that had cuts flash past my eyes quickly enough to give me a confused feeling halfway between motion sickness and bewilderment, Empress of Mars turns out to be a stoic and dependable episode.

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In addition to seeing how the escalating conflict plays out, "Empress of Mars" promises a reprieve from the lengthy serialization of the last three weeks.

June 12, 2017 | 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.

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

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