Recap: Big Finish Doctor Who 008 Red Dawn
The Fifth Doctor and Peri land on Mars and encounter the Ares One, NASA's first mission to Mars. Several probes had previously tried to explore Mars, but all they'd brought back was some ancient rocks, some debris... some DNA...While exploring, the Doctor accidentally awakens some familiar enemies: the Ice Warriors. While he and Peri stumble about, the members of the mission start dying one by one. Fortunately, the Ice Warriors are a rather noble bunch, and they're okay with the Doctor helping them out if everyone plays fair. Unfortunately, the mission leader turns out to be a grave robber who's fully aware of the Ice Warriors and their advanced weapons. Fortunately, the Doctor calms everyone down a bit and none of the grave robbing actually succeed. Unfortunately, one of the mission members turns out to be an Artificial Human constructed using Ice Warrior DNA. Fortunately, despite being only 17, she agrees to be a diplomat for the two species, and stays behind on Mars.
- Ancient Tomb
- Cloning Blues: See Tomato in the Mirror
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: The Doctor doesn't even try to land the TARDIS inside Tanya's crashing ship to save her.
- Cue the Sun
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Ice Warriors decide to kill of All of the humans after one of their own dies.
- Distressed Dude: The Doctor ends up under gunpoint first by the Ice Warriors, then by Webster.
- ET Gave Us Wifi: See trope below
- Evil Uncle: Well he's not her uncle
- Exact Words: The Ice Warriors invoke this, with Zzaal's life.
- Grave Robbing: What the Mars Mission is actually for.
- Half-Human Hybrid: See Tomato in the Mirror
- Harmless Freezing: The Ice Warriors.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Zzaal, like Izdal before him.
- Honor Before Reason: The Ice Warriors.
- Hostage Situation: What the Mars Mission ends up as.
- Humans Are Flawed: What the Ice Warriors think of us
- Humans Are Special: But we have great potential in the future.
- I Choose to Stay: Tanya decides to stay on Mars to be an ambassador.
- Last Request: Zzaal asks to see the sun rise one more time.
- Loophole Abuse: The Doctor points out what's wrong with the trope below;
- Only the Worthy May Pass: The Doctor finds doors that will only open for those with honourable intentions.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Zzaal.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The group unfreezes a few spoiler: Ice Warriors.
- Sonic Stunner: The Doctor modifies an communicator to work as this.
- Sssssnake Talk: The Ice Warriors
- Title Drop: The sunrise is built up to this.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Tanya discovers that she was cloned from Ice Warrior DNA.