We are on Mars, we are the only life forms on the planet. Yes?
So why is the outside door always locked?
Mars, the infamous red planet, has been a fascination with science fiction authors. Why is that though? Is it because it is believed to be the most likely planet to have had life due to the Carbon Dioxide level in the atmosphere?
As professor Quatermass rightly said, the name Martian will has grown incredibly old before we fan anything to attach it too.
Mars is often the subject of the sci-fi B-movie of normally dubious quality, but has had better presence elsewhere. Quatermass and the Pit is a good example, although it is only a guess by Quatermass the mysterious insect aliens are from Mars.
Mars Attacks is a well meaning homage to those old B-Movies but it fails to be slick or funny enough to pull it off and unfortunately ends feelin too much like an old tacky B-Movie.
Doctor Who has three links with Mars:
The so called Ice Warriors, a recurring alien race who had an interesting characterisation and very much driven by an honourable warrior code (well except Slaar, but let’s say desperation drove him), they were the first race to be shown that they didn’t always have to be villians.
Pyramids of Mars- an overrated patchwork script in my opinion which should have stuck to the Egyptology aspect of the story. Most of episode four is set on the titular location but it might as well be anywhere and made me think I would rather be watching Death to the Daleks.
The Waters of Mars, a tense Base under siege story featuring the 10th Doctor and has a clever and very threatening set up and a very dark ending.
I think I would miss the fantasy of Mars