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3.0 out of 5 stars "Warriors, weather and foam", 7 April 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
The 2nd Ice Warriors story is a slightly patchy affair. we can accept the Martians returning with no reference to where they have been since the 1st lot were caught by a glacier during an ice age, but their plan is bonkers. Spreading round a fungus that's vulnerable to water, did they just hope for good weather?

It's a fun story if a bit padded, a lot of the movement here is back and forth between the Moon and Earth.

Troughton is the advanced scientist posing as buffoon to a T. When the pod explodes in his face it really is his own fault! Occasionally as with the running there's a little too much buffonery but it doesn't get in the way of moments such as his reasoning that the Ice Warriors can't kill him as he's a genius. There is a lovely reaction as both Warriors face each other and hiss "genius!"

Wendy Padbury's Zoe is in her element helping to plan a Moon landing and sabotage. Jamie does not get very memorable stuff but played by Frazer Hines, he's always enjoyable.

The Ice Warriors are good, especially shot against the sky on location. They're slightly less effective on the lunar sets but the wobbly death effect is a good idea. Stupid when 1 smashes his way out of a cubicle they would be likely to need though!
The different costume for a Commander is a good one and no wonder it was reused as it clearly defines him as being of a different caste. He gets an undignified death gently falling to the floor, watch the documentary for why.
It's a good touch that in his spaceship, the Grand Marshall does not have such laboured breathing.

A major demerit for the future Earth costumes where the men appear to have Y-fronts on over their trousers!

This probably should have been at least 1 episode shorter but its' still fun.
"Sssowing the seeds" is a documentary telling us of the Ice Warriors 1st 2 stories focussing mainly on Seeds. We do get some sound bites from an audio interview with the late Bernard Bresslaw, the 1st ever Ice warrior as well as interviews with other Warrior actors and the costume designer. Good stuff.

Super 8 footage with commentary goes behind the scenes of the climax to Evil of The Daleks and of course there is a lengthier commentary on the whole story with Fazer and Wendy, plus the director and co-writer/Script editor Terrance Dicks. It's highly enjoyable. An easter egg shows footage of this being recorded.

A decent package for a fun story but for classic fans only.
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