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Bowie Base one (Doctor Who)

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When I first saw this contest I thought I was not going to enter but then today I had this awesome idea to recreate Bowie Base one from the Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars. Now to go into some information about the base!

Bowie Base One was an international base founded on Mars in July 2058. It was built into the Gusev Crater as a research base with a Bio-Dome. The base's shuttle was Apollo 34. The base and shuttle were later compromised by an infectious alien species, as were some of the crew, leading to the base's destruction to prevent the aliens from taking over any more people.


The base had a crew of nine humans headed by Captain Adelaide Brooke. The mission was intended to take five years, studying Mars to see if it was suitable for human habitation.

Seventeen months into the mission, the Tenth Doctor arrived on-site. Six of the crew members were infected by the Flood. Captain Brooke initiated Action 5 on 21 November 2059, destroying Bowie Base One in a nuclear explosion. There were only three survivors, plus the Tenth Doctor and a robot called Gadget.

Had the Doctor not intervened, none of the crew would have escaped the disaster with their lives. He was initially reluctant, as the events of the disaster formed a fixed point in time with lasting after-effects on human history. However, driven to desperation at the sight of their suffering, the Doctor decided to change the course of history, unable to accept that the entire crew had to be lost when he could rescue those who were unharmed by the Flood and, in a moment of overconfidence, put their lives above the Laws of Time.

The Doctor took it upon himself to rescue the uninfected crew members back to Earth aboard his TARDIS, where they emerged disoriented and Gadget shut down after it losing contact with its control signal. Unfortunately, Adelaide, being an unwilling rescue, recognised that if she had perished like history had formerly dictated, her death would have inspired her granddaughter to pioneer space travel, prompting her to take her life not long after being returned to her home on Earth. This left a lasting stain on what once was a heroic legacy, and made the Doctor realise his mistake in altering history and abusing his power as a Time Lord.

The mission included the United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, Lithuania, and Australia. The flags of all of these countries but Pakistan were seen on the wall of the control hub. Mission Control was based in Houston, Texas


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01/15/2016 4:21 pm
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TickTock Films
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Bowie... ;-;
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11/29/2015 6:23 pm
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Great job!
11/27/2015 10:33 am
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All very impressive, adding a Tardis with interior+room was such a nice touch
11/27/2015 12:37 am
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Amazing job, it looks so much like the actual thing! I really shoudl have thought of this. :D
11/26/2015 11:43 am
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I like how you included an Easter Egg for those that use the Delek Mod. I don't really watch Doctor Who,or play the mod, but I know of the show and I have family members that are Whovians. The only episode I am even remotely familiar with is the one involving Amy Pond and where the Sonic Screwdriver overloads, causing the street lights to blow. Some reason my Autistic son finds this highly amusing and will rewatch this one episode multiple times. He doesn't really let me watch other episodes. So much respect to you and the fan base, even if I'm only on the outside looking in. <3
11/26/2015 10:02 am
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This is epic dude. I am totally whovian was gonna do this but you got there first it seems good luck
11/26/2015 11:26 am
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You should still do it I would love to see some other renditions of it. Honestly I could do better but was limited when it came to size because of the contest map area.
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