The Great Martian War 1913–1917

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The Great Martian War 1913–1917
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Release date December 8, 2013
Written by Steve Sarossy
Directed by Mike Slee
Produced by Mike Slee
Network History
Style 90-minute documentary
Company Entertainment One,
Impossible Pictures

Origin Canada, UK

The Great Martian War 1913–1917 is a 2013 Canadian/UK documentary-style science fiction telefilm. Based very loosely on The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, it recounts a four-year long war against a Martian invasion.

Narrator: Mark Strong

Cast in order of appearance: Jock McLeod (Jock Donnelly), Joan Gregson (Nerys Vaughn), Ian Downie (Hughie Logan), Thomas Gough (Duncan Mitchell-Myers), Hazel Douglas (Alice Hale), Ashley Bomberry (Kim Lafonde), Daniel Matmor (Lawrence Hart), Walter Stegmaier (Arnold Tockelt), Briony Glassco (Alexandra Banham), Howard Jerome (Howard Klee)

Additional Voices: Ross Waiton, Gyuri Sarossy


Plot Overview

On the 100th anniversary, the story of the war waged against a Martian invasion launched in Europe is finally told with help modern experts and archive footage of first-hand witnesses. Recounted are the ups and downs of the war, including the full scale of horror unknown at the time, with new evidence that suggests a hidden threat still looming.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • While not officially an adaptation of The War of the Worlds, the film has several commonalities. Aside from the obvious Martians, their fighting-machines are tripods with various other machines aiding them. And like in the novel, the Martians' defeat comes on a biological level.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Alice Hale: I see 'em! And he's alive, wiggling, like a - like an eel on a hook... and then he sees me and he's scared. I know he's scared of me.
  • Narrator: Over the next five years, the death toll from "Martian flu" would reach 100 million. One casualty is young Clara Logan.
Hughie Logan: She died in 1920. It was nearly the end of it. She was one of the last it took. She was 23. Was it me? Was I one of the guys that brought it back? Maybe. I didn't know. I still don't know. All I knew was... she was gone.
  • Alice Hale: Well, my whole life since then, I've been waiting for them to come back. But I don't know. I don't believe they ever left.

DVD Releases

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