Invaders from Mars
Episode / March 12, 2016

Released January 2002 Following an enjoyable albeit uneven first series with Big Finish, Paul McGann returns as the Eighth Doctor alongside companion Charlotte Pollard for another run of adventures. Using his propensity for comedy, writer Mark Gatiss pens an entertaining tale in ‘Invaders from Mars’ that suggests that aliens truly did invade Earth during Orson Welles’s infamous radio airing of The War of the Worlds. It’s clear from the outset that this is a release not to be taken too seriously, but underlying the wit is a surprisingly layered plot that features the Americans, the Russians, and the Nazis trying to gain access to atomic weapons while the aliens are posing their menace. Accordingly, ‘Invaders from Mars’ featuers a large cast and fortunately- given the debacle that the foreign accents presented in ‘Minuet from Hell’- the cast here is much more convincing in their accented roles even if they do border on cliched. Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson as suave gangster Chaney and aliased Glory Bee, respectively, are superb in their roles, managing to straddle the line between serious and comedy perfectly. Likewise, in a somewhat overshadowed role, David Benson captures the essence of Orson Welles spectacularly. Rather surprisingly, though,…