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"Doctor Who", the Ice Warriors (Dr Who Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2005

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504238
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2007
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another audio from the BBC that presents the soundtrack from a 1960's doctor who story where some of the episodes no longer survive. In this case, the ice warriors, a 6 part story from patrick troughton's second season in the role. Episodes two and three are lost, but the other four survive and did come out on video a while ago. a dvd release is awaited.

over the course of these six twenty five minute long episodes, the doctor and his companions jamie and zoe arrive in britain in the future, which is in the grip of a new ice age. they reach a research base where a machine is being used to force the glaciers back. but with the only scientist who can operate it having quit following disagreements with the narrow minded base leader, can humanity survive? both this and the creatures that have just been unearted from the ice....

as typical with this range the sound is great and the linking narration, read by frazer hines who played jamie, fills in the gaps very well. the other cast members are very good, particularly peter barkworth who turns in a powerful performance as the base leader. and without visuals, the ice warriors voices are very scary!

the story is a couple of episodes too long, and the compelling tale of the first three gets a bit long winded in the next ones, before a slightly hasty conclusion. but this still all in all a very good tale, and this is a great way to enjoy it.

The disc also has two short interviews with frazer hines on it, talking about the story in question. they are worth a listen
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THE ICE WARRIORS, originally broadcast on BBC1 in the winter of 1967, was regarded as a success by the DR WHO production team of the time, as a rematch between Patrick Troughton's Time Lord and the titular scaly armoured Martians was quickly commissioned from writer Brian Hayles(THE SEEDS OF DEATH). One can still understand the reasons why this should be so from listening to the recording of this TV soundtrack. The hissing monsters that menace the Doctor, Jamie, Victoria and a team of scientists in a future UK locked in a new Ice Age are cruel and sinister enough to be memorable even if in this case we can't see them - only 4 of the 6 episodes remain in the BBC's film archives. The cast is filled with talented stars including Bernard Bresslaw (famous for his many appearances in the CARRY ON films), Angus Lennie (Ives from THE GREAT ESCAPE), the excellent Peter Barkworth and none other than Wallace himself (though sadly without Gromit and a nice piece of Wensleydale), Peter Sallis.

The mood of the piece is vividly brought to life by the music of Dudley Simpson, who uses a combination of electronic sounds and soprano Joanne Brown's voice to create the atmosphere of a bleak and hostile snowbound wilderness. This is done so effectively it manages to give the setting its own eerily distinctive character. Doubtless it was this unusual sound design that helped to give these episodes that behind the sofa factor.

The script itself is not a masterpiece. It's too long and could have easily shed a couple of episodes. Some scenes feel repetitive and redundant.
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I always thought Bernard Bresslaw was brilliant as the very first incarnation of the Ice Warrior from the Red Planet. The sibilant hissing voice, the implied menace, the very height of the Ice Warrior meant that these new villains that the Second Doctor met were from the start to be feared and respected. It's nice that over the years we have learned more of their story and history, and they have become `rounder' characters, if I can put it like that.

This is another of the BBC cd sets, which offers the original soundtrack with a linking narration, in this case by Frazer Hines, who played Jamie in the Second Doctor's period. Jamie, as a character, was a good foil to Patrick Troughton's doctor - they played off each other very well. Victoria Waterfield was a bit of a wet blanket really, but I suppose she was what was expected of a genteel Victorian lady. A little less screaming and sobbing, and a little more action would have been good, but she did fit in well as a companion to the Doctor and Jamie.

It's also nice to hear Peter Sallis in this story from 1967, with his very familiar voice (probably known to most as Clegg from Last of the Summer Wine). His character, Penley, is very throughly characterised in this story, which is slightly surprising for a very early Doctor Who story. The world is being devoured by a new Ice Age in this story, and it's up to the Doctor to not only help Leader Clent and his team of scientists, but also to find out what the Ice Warriors are up to. Can he do all that, save the world, and save Victoria too? Gosh - exciting stuff.
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