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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Warriors excel in a story to inspire dread, 14 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Collection [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Despite its partial state, the Ice Warriors is a fine example of an overlooked period in Doctor Who. Troughton is particularly impressive, making the loss of the surrounding stories all the more lamentable. The Ice Warriors are a fine example of why this era of the show is famed for its monsters and their menace is handled superbly, creating a claustrophobic sense of fear that pervades the serial. It is a shame that the Ice Warriors were never to attain such heights again. The addition of rare footage on the accompanying tape affords a rare chance to see episode 3 of the Underwater Menace even if this does subject the viewer to Zaroff's woeful 'nothing in zee world.....'
In all, an absolute must for Doctor Who fans, even if only for the Ice Warriors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Encounter With A Legend., 27 Jan 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Collection [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Well, what do we have here, 1967's The Ice Warriors is the start of another memorable race from a memerable television series. The story is a true Doctor Who classic, it adheres to a formula that served the series well for decades and will continue to do so for quite a while yet. The plot is simple, you have a base, usually full or scientists, a central villian, in this case Varga, and the Doctor {of course}. So what we have then is the genesis of the Ice Warriors, this being their debut story, and what a little cracker of an introduction they get.

This 6 part serial broadcast in the winter of 67 will always be fondly remembered by fans for creating yet another great villian in the already packed arsenal, the Ice Warriors. Their appearance in these early days of black and white television is impressive, knowing that the budget for this great show is pityful, it is nothing short of amazing that the costumes are so outstanding. The Ice Warriors must rank as one of the great Doctor Who pull-offs in its long and varied history. I mean come on, what the designers, writers and prodcers created from such a low budget is nothing short of a miracle. I cannot fault the Ice Warrior's apperance in any of their outings. So I say well done to Bernard Bresslaw, Roger Jones, Sonny Caldinez, Michael Attwell and Tony Harwood for making the Ice Warriors such a great foe for the titular Time Lord. There are great performances from the whole gammot of quest cast and regulars here, which for me makes The Ice Warriors one of the greatest Patrick Troughton stories made.

Only episodes 1,4,5 & 6 are still with us, episodes 2 & 3 will no doubt be animated for release on to DVD in 2013. So the question is what do we get from the surviving episodes? Well, we get a cracking good old base-under-siege type Troughton classic, you can pretty much live without episodes 2 & 3, they don't contribute massively to events, just a couple of padders in my opinion, the most important episodes thankfully are still with us. The BBC Reconstruction of episodes 2 & 3 are a nice little feature if you don't have Loose Cannon's full reconstruction of the missing episodes or you just can't stand the audio medium. Either way, fans will be pleased that they have got any kind of reconstruction at all.

Great casting was done on this adventure by director Derek Martinus, especially the part of Clent, Peter Barkworth's acting in this story has to be some of his best, the emotion-less Leader Clent is a formidable oponent enough, no need really for the Ice Warriors, Clent is pretty much a 6 part serial on his own. So I say look out for the great acting from his powerhouse performance here. Also, we have great allround actor Peter Sallis on board, one of Great Britain's finest actors for sure. Here, his portrayal of Penley, the maveric scientist with ambitions of leading a technology free life is yet another great performance and one that plays of brilliantly against the computer-like Clent. Their confrontation scene near the end of events is electric.

On fine form here is Patrick Troughton, his cosmic hobo portrayal of the weird alien from a distant planet is inspiring. His performance was markedly more energetic than in the previous serial "The Abominable Snowmen", he, as Penley does, plays off well against Clent as he battles not only the Ice Warriors, but convincing the base personell that trusting every aspect of their lives to a computer is immoral. As ever, the Doctor wins the battle against the Ice Warriors and does succeed somewhat in convincing the humans to have more faith in themselves and others than in machines. As you can imagine, this story was bred from peoples fear in the 1960's that computers would eventually take control of the earth and humanity would therefore be enslaved to such devices.

Frazer Hines "Jamie" and Deborah Watling's "Victoria" have a nice outting here as well, Victoria having settled by now in to the routine of the TARDIS lifestyle, battling monsters and villains. Never having a peaceful boring old life. Her scenes with Varga shows what a strong little actress she is, and although she will forever be remembered for her screaming rather than her acting capabilities, its a nice story for her anyway.

So, all in all, although episodes 2 & 3 are sadly missing, and unlikely to be discovered we still have two thirds of this classic Patrick Troughton story to enjoy and afterall you're not really missing much. Try and get a hold of the narrated BBC audio release if you want to enjoy the story complete, or even the Loose Cannon reconstruction wouldn't go amiss. But either way you will find that you will enjoy this story all the same. Highly Recommended.

Many thanks for your time,

M.B.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Story !, 12 April 2000
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R. Chagouri-Brindle "RickCB" (Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Collection [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The Ice Warriors represents 60s Doctor Who at its best, and even the fact that some footage was missing doesn't detract from the very effective story and effects, given the excellent reconstruction of the missing story elements by using the audio soundtrack, stills and animation. Well worth buying !
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing in the world can stop me now...", 5 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Collection [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Forget about the four Ice Warriors episodes, and put to one side the (admittedly excellent) documentary on the Missing Episodes; the reason you should buy this video is because it has the single best episode of Dr Who on it; The Underwater Menace episode 3.
It's a superb runaround escapade of an episode, with a witty script, and performances that capture the nature of the characters. Heck, it's worth the price just to see Joseph Furst cheiwing the scenery as the villainous Professor Zaroff. Watch him ham it up for all its worth, marvel at how he almost bursts out with laughter in the climactic scene. And of course, the episode contains the now legendary, "Nothing in the world can stop me now" line...
What more could you ask for...?
(Well, the other three episodes for a start...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars BERNARD BRESSLAW AS AN ICE WARRIOR, 6 Aug 2012
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Some people think vhs is old and outdated, but I don't see this on dvd yet.PLUS it comes with a cd of the missing episode's soundtracks AND a boklet about the history of the Ice Warriors and Doctor Who. Great for Doctor who fans of all ages.Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Collection [VHS]
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