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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426708
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 12.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,831 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

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Brian Hayles wrote for radio, television and film, including such series as The Archers, United! and Z Cars. Hayles' work on Doctor Who included adventures for the first three Doctors. His first story was the well-remembered 'The Celestial Toymaker', and after his historical adventure 'The Smugglers', Hayles wrote 'The Ice Warriors' - introducing the creatures for which he is best remembered. He wrote three further Ice Warriors stories, the last two featuring the Third Doctor and set on the feudal planet Peladon. Brian Hayles died in 1978.

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4 of 4 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Finn on 10 May 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emanon on 25 Feb 2010
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This is another enjoyable release in the range of audiobook versions of the Target range of DOCTOR WHO novelisations first published in the 1970s. DOCTOR WHO AND THE ICE WARRIORS is an adaptation of the six part adventure THE ICE WARRIORS, a story that featured Patrick Troughton in the title role back in the black and white days of 1967. This story takes place in some future Ice Age when glaciers threaten to destroy all human civilization, and only the beleaguered staff of Britannicus base can hold them in check, but the discovery and resurrection of an ancient Martian Warrior buried deep in the ice takes the story in surprising and quite unexpected directions.

Brian Hayles created a crackingly entertaining and thought-provoking little tale, which also manages to weave debates on the conflict between progress versus anarchy, science versus nature and humanity versus mechanization into the narrative. He has pretty much followed and expanded upon his own original television scripts adding much back story and character along the way and as one of the stronger, earlier stories in the original range, really expands very well on the television version, which is one of the stories that remains incomplete in the archives, although 4 episodes of it did get released on video many years ago. The audio soundtrack version is also available if you want to make a comparison.

Those early Target DOCTOR WHO books really have managed to stand the test of time as entertaining, diverting and well told stories in their own right.
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