Planet Gallifrey: Episode 16

Tuesday, February 24

Episode 16

The Waters of Mars

Episode Location:  Mars, greenhouse thingy
Aliens/Enemies:  Water people (unknown name)
New Characters:  Adelaide, Mia Bennet, Allegra
Gadgets Used:  Sonic Screwdriver, Robot
Episode Objective:  Unknown




Lindsay Duncan will play Adelaide,"the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet."

Treatment for the second special contains the words 'oxygen', 'probe' and 'tree'

The script contains the words 'Emily', 'pipes', 'carrots', 'legend', 'carrot' and 'concerto' and the phrase 'the map of the Water Snake Wormholes'

RTD in SFX says, "There's a very strong link between the last three specials. It's not a three-parter, but there's a strong connection."


Set Reports
A lot of this episode was filmed inside - so most of what I say is just guess work (and I guess a lot, mostly because its a fun word to type).

Anyway... The main setting is some sort of giant greenhouse on Mars:


And judging by the trailer, this bit of the building is important. Either because its got a rocket attached (which means escape!) or because its got some solution to the problem, or maybe both!


So why is there a big greenhouse on Mars? Well, what with a later scene having this sign in the background:


Methinks that the purpose of the greenhouse is to generate more oxygen for a nearby starved planet... or something like that. Sound plausible?

Scene ??
The TARDIS was seen on location (when they were filming in a quarry) but it wasn't used in any of the scenes. So I'm guessing we might see Doctor exiting out of it at the beginning?


Scene ??
And inside this greenhouse thingy the Doctor meets this lot, who I guess are running the greenhouse with Adelaide as the Captain.

"State your name, rank, and intention"

Scene ??
But then, as always, some immensely creepy and horrible thing happens and members of the crew start being possessed...

And of course, if you go wandering off on you're own with only a torch, you're bound to get in some serious trouble.



Scene ??
But whatever the danger, the Doctor has these comforting words:

"Certain moments in time... are fixed. Anything else is in flux and anything can happen, but those certain moments, they have to stand... This base on Mars. What happens here must always happen."
"This thing, whatever it is, doesn't just hide in water. It creates water. And if you take that thing back to Earth... One drop...."

Scene ??
And then I guess there'll be lost of action and running away from the scary possessed people while they try to kill/possess the others:

"Water always wins!"
"Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it."

Scene??
I really don't know where this fits in... Until now, we've mostly seen two evil water guys running about being evil and wet. But as Adelaide says:

"Any one of us could be infected."

And from the looks of it she's inside, where everyone else is! But then again, all the flashing red lights generally never mean anything good, so perhaps she's about to be deadified anyway...

Scene ??
But of course, the Doctor needs to go be heroic and save the day, even if Adelaide doesn't think its the best idea.

"They said I was going to die. They said 'he will knock four times' and I think I know what that means and it doesn't mean right here right now! 'Cause I don't hear anyone knocking, do you?"
*KNOCK x4*

Scene ??
But out he goes anyway... And what happens to the crew that are left? 
*THUMP THUMP*
"They're on the roof..."
Dangerous stuff!

Scene ??
This either happens much earlier on, or right near the end... or maybe neither, I have no idea.

"All systems online, 100%, not a single delay."
"Don't you worry Captain, we are gonna fly!"

In the trailer, the pushing of the button is linked with the big explosion at the end, but I always get the impression that the explosion is more to do with the Doctor.

Scene ??
And where's the Doctor gone while the others are trapped? Methinks it was outside.

And why's he gone outside? Methinks it was to blow stuff up.
Or to run away from stuff thats blowing up.


In the words of Scooty: An explosion the size of which I have never seen before. It formed a giant mushroom cloud and left a huge black smoke ring in the sky.

Who or what causes the explosion? I've got no idea. But the Doctor manages to survive. Here we see him running away from the explosion (in this case, green screen) and being blown forward (through the use of a trampoline)




Scene ??
The Doctor then wakes up amongst a load of rubble. And slowly walks forward. Quite probably very bewildered and whatnot.


Something else survives the explosion to - what seems to be a friendly robot can just about be seen through the flames


And of course there are other survivors as well. I'm not sure how they survived but they did. Maybe they were just in a different area of the greenhouse...


Scene ??
And then from there... again I've got no idea where all these scenes fit into the episode, but this one does feel quite like an ending one, with a nice cliff hanger.

The Doctor, Adelaide & two other crew people emerge from the TARDIS in the middle of a snowy street.


The robot is also there (it has the word "GADGET" written on its front) and it seems friendly as it trundels forward to talk to the Doctor.


Ahremsee managed to beautifully capture the scene in this video.


Although you can't really hear whats being said, we know that halfway through (when the Doctor looks up) he says 'its snowing! I love snow.'


And according to Victoria Feller, the line immediately after this (said by the male companion) is something along the lines of:  'its not snow...' as he holds out his hand. So more ash from some destroyed ship/planet/greenhouse thing?


After a while two of the crew leave and we're left with the Doctor and Adelaide together. I don't know what goes on between them (probably a "goodbye/no you can't travel with me" moment) but then the Doctor points his sonic at a house that she goes over to.


And then it gets REALLY interesting.

As the Doctor heads back to the TARDIS alsone, it seems like he hears something. He looks to his left, shocked and aghast, slumping against the TARDIS and then falls to his knees. After this it seems he then gets up, rushes into the TARDIS and slams the door.

A horrified Doctor
Picture courtesy of The Gather

And a video of the Doctor falling to his knees


According to Lucky Lady, they apparently filmed two versions of this scene. One where the above events happened, and the other where the Doctor simply enters the TARDIS.


The reason he gets so freaked out? Oh, let the speculation commence... the robot? A returning villian? Or... and I'm not positive of it, but this could very well be the reason the Doctor looks to freaked out:

Oh yes, Ood Sigma is back!

So goodness knows what cliffhanger this is leading off to! According to Scooty, he doesn't interact wit the characters, but just seems to appear at the end of the scene...

And according to RTD the Doctor is reaching the end of his life and may have some nightmare type things because of that. So is Ood Sigma just an illusion?


You can see many many more fantastic pictures & videos here:
Alun.Vega's Flickr account
Ahremsee's photobucket account
Scooty's photobucket account
ContactMusic.com

A huge thanks to Alun.Vega, Scooty, Ahremsee, Victoria Feller, The Gather, Lucky Lady, Spaceygal & Canterbury.
I bow down to you all :)

30 comments:

Name said...

It could still be the dubia one.
How are they filming the specials anyway? All at once or at different times throughout the yerar?

FanaticalWhovian said...

They are suppose to be filming one right after another, like they would a series. yea I think it could still be Dubia..

Joy said...

It's not Dubai. Reliable sources on DWO said the second special began filming yesterday. They are also claiming - and they admit they could be wrong and this is partially speculative - that the special is titled "Field of Conflict" and involves the Doctor on a mission from Churchill to rescue a British scientist (Lindsay Duncan's Adelaide) who is being forced by the Nazis to make a doomsday weapon from alien technology. Adelaide may also be a princess of some sort (presumably not British).

Redevil 987 said...

That robot thingy looks like WALL-E! Lol

Anonymous said...

I'm going to start a rumour, the War Machines are back in the 2nd special.

Michael said...

Goodness there is an awful lot of waffle talked here.......but anyway so episode 16 is to be called 'Waters of Mars'. We also know he will knock four times!

Anonymous said...

The 2nd Special will air later in the Year (Confirmed) Possibly November (Rumoured) and will be Called 'The Waters of Mars' (Confirmed)

Anonymous said...

Well we all know the master knocks four times remember the sound of drums.

Anonymous said...

I think the Master is returning because he was seen filming and and and......................................................
it has been rumored that as well as gallifrey returning so is skaro!????!!!!!!!!!
so mabe daleks are back?

Well... said...

The Waters of mars is an anagram of wars of the master...could it be? Although it is also an anagram of hamster software

Anonymous said...

U got dat off doctor who magazine!!!

Scorpio said...

I`ve figure it out. Sigma appears to him and telepathicly gives him a prophecy concerning the Timelords, Rose and an evil villain. The Doctor then staggers into the tardis in shock after finding out the Timelords are still alive.

tommyforward said...

I think you have probably got the closest to making sense of the little we know, scorpio. I agree that the Ood Sigma linky thing happens as the Ood are mildly telepathic. However, I don't think it will concern Rose or the Time Lords (notice the plural) but may involve a time lord (notice the singular) - the master. It hasn't been confirmed that John simm is back or the Master is returning but, like last time when the master returned, the secret is near enough out off the bag. We no something about hamburgers which the master eats and John Simm has been scene filming but with blonde hair.

tommyforward said...

I think you have probably got the closest to making sense of the little we know, scorpio. I agree that the Ood Sigma linky thing happens as the Ood are mildly telepathic. However, I don't think it will concern Rose or the Time Lords (notice the plural) but may involve a time lord (notice the singular) - the master. It hasn't been confirmed that John simm is back or the Master is returning but, like last time when the master returned, the secret is near enough out off the bag. We no something about hamburgers which the master eats and John Simm has been scene filming but with blonde hair.

P.S - The fact that he rushes into the TARDIS could be the reason Adelaide doesn't travel with him. Maybe she is supposed to (they both say yes but this telepathy thing is so important that The Doctor has to nleave without Adelaide while she's at that house?

RobinWalker said...

I keep wondering if there's the possibility of his daughter returning instead.

Anonymous said...

I don't think 'the Wars of the Master' anagram is relevant. It's also an anagram of 'hamster software', 'freshwater atoms', and 'safest earthworm'.

Scorpio said...

Replying to Tommyforward:

I guess your right then. Though i also believe that for the Master to return they need to explain who picked up his ring and why. So most likely the Rani will appear aswell or another timelord who resurected the master.

Philip said...

Sigma is probably there as a psuedo flashback to when he says The Doctor's song is ending. But standing in the scene of where the TARDIS is right there. lol - the whole Mars Rover like thing makes me think of the really bad US remake of Life on Mars.

Xdrngy said...

not entirely sure, but a bunch of people on youtube seem to think this is coming out on Halloween (Oct. 31), which sounds likely.

Not sure if you all know that already either, but I figure it would be good to have that down here.

JackOLantern said...

I hope this episode comes out on halloween. Has anyone read forever autumn? i really liked it because it was a halloween sort of theme.

Anonymous said...

Waters Of Mars Is An Anagram Of ....Ready
Master Of Wars

Anonymous said...

ooooh the thing (Alan) bangs 4 times, i thought it was the master doing his simm thing

doctor phil said...

well we know river song is in the new matt smith episode, cant wait to see what thats all about. FANtastic

Anonymous said...

I thought 'Master Of Wars' was an anagram of 'Sad Fan-boys Clutching At Straws'.

Anonymous said...

I dont know if anyone else has picked htis up, but I think I know why they filmed the scene of the doctor walking back to his tardis twice and in different ways. If you remember back to partners in crime, the ending was done twice , one with rose and one with a random blonde. The one with rose was shown on tv and the one with random blonde was shown at the tv press launch. SO WHAT IM THINKIN IS, THAT AT THE PRESS LAUNCH FOR THE WATER OF MARS, THEY'LL SHOW THE DOCTOR WALKING NORMALY BACK TO THE TARDIS, BUT WHEN ITS SHOWN ON TV, HE WILL FALL TO THE GROUND, WITH EITHER A PROPHECY OR SOMETHING? what do you think ?

---------- said...

OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In the video where the doctor falls on his knees, he shouts "ROSE!"
1:34
I swear!

Anonymous said...

Yh the doctor deffo shouts rose

Anonymous said...

Looks like Scorpio was wrong yet again.

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Andreaiokg said...

It could still be the dubia one. How are they filming the specials anyway? All at once or at different times throughout the yerar?