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Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors (Doctor Who Library) Paperback – Mar 1976

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; 2nd thus edition (Mar. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426108663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426108665
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects -- Doctor Who Magazine

...a well-structured, enthralling adventure, building up the tension as the Ice Warriors are slowly defrosted, and then keeping the pace going until the frantic conclusion. One of the better examples of 'sixties Who, brought thrillingly to life in this excellent novelisation -- Saffron Walden Reporter, January 28, 2010 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Frazer Hines reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Finn on 10 May 2012
Format: Paperback
The Doctor arrives on Earth in a future beset by a new ice-age. Scientists struggle to find a way to hold back the inexorable advance of the glaciers. Meanwhile a strange humanoid figure is discovered trapped and perhaps preserved in the ice.
I guess I was around ten when I first read this in the 1970s. I'd been far too young to catch The Ice Warriors when first broadcast in 1967. And I'd have to wait another 25 years or so to finally get my hands on the specially reconstructed edition on VHS to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who. I hold The Ice Warriors in very high esteem, ranking it in the higher echelons of Patrick Troughton stories; it's hugely atmospheric, surprisingly arctic for the budget, well cast, funny, dramatic and a good script. The book is all those things, with a no limits effects budget and if it differs in small ways from the original production it's mainly due to what the actors brought to the characters themselves, most notably the humour and goofing of the Tardis crew in the first episode. Britannicus Base is realised better on the page. Finally that image of a full on country house, complete with lawns and terraces sheltered by an environment dome is achieved. I'd like to proclaim that this book introduced one of the great Who 'monster' races to me but I'd actually already encountered the Ice Warriors on tv via their Peladon appearances (also penned by Bryan Hayles). The book did spark a bit of interest in what glaciers were to my young mind. Previously glaciers were the bit of the dinosaur encyclopaedia that I'd been a bit dismissive of. Arden's very funny line,"Oh, not another Mastodon," wasn't in the book or I'd have certainly sympathised. I was disappointed to learn that glaciers weren't quite as sprightly as the Doctor Who variety.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This isn't the first time Frazer Hines (alias Jamie McCrimmon) has narrated The Ice Warriors. In 2005, he provided the linking narration for the audio release of the television serial's soundtrack ("Doctor Who", the Ice Warriors (Dr Who Radio Collection)). Now he reads the unabridged novelisation of the story, originally published by Target Books in 1976 (Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors (The Doctor Who Library, No. 33)).

As with his voice-overs for the soundtrack releases, Hines's narration is sometimes a little over-the-top in its enthusiasm, especially at the beginning of the story when he practically shouts the book's title. He also fumbles a few lines, so that, for example, we are told about a Martian's "fierth hiss" - was there no time for a retake? However, perhaps because of Hines's familiarity with the television story, he does some good impersonations of several of the characters, including the scavenger Storr, the distinctive whisper of the Ice Warriors, and of course his famous, eerily accurate imitation of Pat Troughton's Doctor.

As for the novelisation itself, author Brian Hayles trims much of the fat from his own television scripts, especially from the later episodes, the screen versions of which are rather sluggish. Conversely, a great deal of attention is lavished upon the tense build-up of the first two instalments. As a result, material from the opening two episodes takes up the whole of the first two CDs (just over an hour each), while the remainder of the story passes by swiftly during the final two discs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (Audio).

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Running Time 245 Minutes
Author: Brian Hayles
Read By: Frazer Hines

What's Up Doc?
The world is held in the grip of a second Ice Age & faces total destruction from the rapidly advancing glaciers The Doctor with Jamie & Victoria, lands at a top scientific base in England, where they have just unearthed an ancient Ice Warrior.

Aliens from Mars, preserved in the ice for centuries & now revitalised, the Ice Warriors feel ready to take over... Can the Doctor overcome these warlike Martians & halt the relentless approach of the ice glaciers?

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Ice Warriors' is another classic Second Doctor adventure that features the debut of the Ice Warriors from the red planet of Mars as writer Brian Hayles adapts his story into a excellent Target novelization that expands upon the backstorys of certain characters motivations & produces a clearer, concise & better scripted adventure than what was shown on television, Hayles also removes the padding that featured heavily in the storys later episodes which now adds a tighter dramatic pace & a slightly darker tone to the storyline.

Frazer Hines gives a excellent enthusiastic read to this audiobook & captures the tone & mannerisms of the late Patrick Troughtons Second Doctor superbly & at times it sounds uncannily like Troughton is actually voicing the Doctor himself, while Simon Power's incidental music score & great use of sound effects creates a dramatic atmospheric edge to the production adding a creepy tone to this adventure.
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