Mark Gatiss pens Doctor Who series 10 episode 9, as we head off to the red planet in Empress Of Mars...
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10.9 Empress Of Mars
“Is this Neil Armstrong?”
Now that’s how to end a Doctor Who episode.
Following what had been a fairly enjoyable 40-odd minutes, Mark Gatiss demonstrated again his underappreciated love of adding in a classic Who reference to his stories, by having a good chunk of the audience scrambling for their Peladon DVDs. The appearance of Alpha Centauri – voiced again by Ysanne Churchman! – was just the kind of surprise that I thought the show had lost the ability to keep. A small addition, but one that both gives long-time fans an added grin, and also gives the impression that the universe ticks along whether the Doctor is visiting or not.
If Alpha Centauri is entirely new to you,