The Doctor and best companion since Clara Oswald, Bill Potts travel to Mars during Victorian times to team up with a regiment of British soldiers to defeat The Ice Warriors and possibly The Empress of Mars…


Expect lashings of custard, derring-do, a cowardly, ego-driven captain, a brave sacrifice and lots of Earl Grey. Hot.

It’s the right timeframe, and The Ice Warriors are kinda lizardy, so can we expect to see Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax?


The Mark Gatiss-penned subterranean Red Planet episode seems to borrow heavily from his own Victorians in space romp, The First Men in the Moon.

This 2010, BBC4 atrocity was, in turn, was based on H.G. Wells’ novel – first serialised in The Strand Magazine in December 1900.


But don’t watch that, watch the 1964 film of the same name. It was one of my favorite movies growing up and is the root of my love for all girls called Kate.

Here’s the trailer which doesn’t show a nonagenarian Edward Judd insisting that the United Nations astronauts he’s watching landing on the moon on TV were not the the first men on the moon. It’s a phenomenal piece of work with stunning stop-motion from Ray Harryhausen.

Don’t believe me? Then take John Landis’ word for it. I think he likes this movie.

Dr Who S10E09 “Empress of Mars” takes off Saturday 10th June about tea-time.