Enlarge (credit: Simon Ridgway/BBC) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Empress of Mars. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 7:15pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.

Is Nardole’s bumpy ride on the TARDIS a metaphor for season 10 of Doctor Who? After a strong start, this series is really starting to flag now.

Even the performances from the three stars are at best middling in Empress of Mars—though the return of the Ice Warriors and some pleasing nods to classic episodes are welcome.

We’re back to a loud (monsters) and quiet (negotiation) episode after the disappointing Monks trilogy with a contained story—penned by Doctor Who superfan, Mark Gatiss—that’s a little too heavy-handed with the flour, giving us a dense slice of British Empire-building… on Mars. We’re on invasive, aggressive, downright rude territory here.
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