This is the eighth release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Nicola Bryant as Peri. This is a cracking adventure that really captures the feel of the old TV adventures, while subtly updating and making use of the fact that on audio the visual effects are so much easier to realise. There are four episodes, roughly 25 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.
Five and Peri land in an intriguing structure on the surface of Mars, just as an Earth expedition also arrives. It's no big spoiler (due to the cover picture) to reveal that the Ice Warriors are soon involved, in what turns into an excellent outing for what has always been one of the more morally complex creatures the Doctor has encountered.
What follows is a rip roaring adventure that explores the concepts of honour, nobility and decency. There are plenty of thrills and spills as Five and Peri try to resolve matters. But at the heart of the story are the Ice Warriors, and their code. Well scripted to give an intelligent, reasonable alien it is a thoughtful script and, for me, a real winner. The actors playing the Ice Warriors also do a great job of characterisation through the hissing speech effects, and really convey the essential nobility of the race.
The only let down to this otherwise excellent production is the somewhat intrusive background music that comes to the fore in the moments of high drama, and really fails to underline the danger, it only serves to annoy somewhat. So 4 stars for this release.