The Setissi (as they are known by the Martian Dwarfs), a.k.a. "Underwater Warriors", are a race of sapient, aquatic reptilianoids which built vast underwater cities in the icy oceans of a primeval Mars, over three billion years ago.

They are roughly humanoid creatures with scaly green skin, flat faces, black or dark-red pupil-less eyes, and gill-slits on both sides of the head. Their digits are long and webbed, and they wear shell-made helmets on their heads. They also cultivate vast plantations of tree-like sponges and kelp.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Borel comments on the striking similarity between these Martian creatures and the Thalassides described by Pliny the Elder, wondering whether some of them may have migrated to Earth and gave origin to some of the world's legends of fish-people and mermaids. Doctor Omega agrees that it is possible, but believes that even the ones on Earth will likely be extinct by the 20th century.
  • The names "Underwater Warrior" and "Setissi" were both invented for the English translation of the novel. In the original French they tend to be referred as "hommes sous-marins" (meaning "underwater men").

Appearances[edit | edit source]

  • Doctor Omega (Fr.: Le Docteur Oméga), by Arnould Galopin (1906)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Due to a striking number of similarities between the two works, there is a popular theory (supported by Terrance Dicks, among others) that Le Docteur Omega can be retroactively interpreted as a Doctor Who adventure, with the titular character being none other than the First Doctor himself. The text in the 2003 Black Coat Press edition of the book is heavily edited to include additional references that support this. Under this interpretation, the reptilian Martians are more than likely to be regarded as the ancestors and/or aquatic relatives of the Ice Warriors.

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