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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors [DVD]
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All six episodes, including two that are animated due to their being missing from the BBC archives, of the second Doctor's classic 1967 adventure. In 'The Ice Warriors', the Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) arrive on Earth in the year 3000 AD - in the middle of the second Ice Age. At the Brittanicus Base, a team of scientists struggle to control the elements with a machine known as the Ioniser. When a body is found perfectly preserved in the ice barrier which surrounds the base, it is thawed out. The creature proves to be an Ice Warrior - one of an agressive reptilian race from Mars, intent on awakening its fellows and conquering the Earth.
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Brian Hayles' famous creations make their debut in a definitive Second Doctor story from the legendary `monster season', believed lost until 1988 when most of the episodes were defrosted from somewhere under a glacier in an old BBC building. The quality of the restoration is excellent, it probably looks better now than it would have done on a 1967 television. Fortunately the opening episode survived as did the whole second half of the six-part story including episode 4, which visually is possibly the best of all - this icy world looks great in black and white.
Episodes 2 and 3 were not recovered but we now have animated replacements to watch with the restored soundtrack. The sound is excellent, as are the recreated `sets' and use of perspective and zooming - the `feel' of the animated episodes really matches the rest of the story. The faces are good with quite a lot of `expression' through eye movements etc. and the animation tells the story very well, though some of the arm actions are occasionally rather `hinged' and puppet-like. The `telesnaps' reconstruction of the missing episodes from the VHS release is on disc 2 and well worth watching to see the actors and also shows that the animation captured the style of the missing scenes, good to have this option but it would have been even better to have the choice of animation or telesnaps on disc 1. Perhaps the best of the telesnaps are Victoria confronted by Varga, and the view of the other four warriors still encased in ice after Varga has carved them from the glacier.Read more ›
This was a six part black and white story. Parts two and three are no longer present in the bbc archives. The VHS release replaced those with a special edited reconstruction using the soundtrack and stills. This brings us the two lost episodes with their original soundtracks and the visuals done via animation.
This comes from a season known as 'the monster season' by many. Often involving the Doctor and friends getting involved with small groups of humans who came up against monsters. Here, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Earth in the slightly near future. A world in the grip of a new ice age. Where the survival of humanity depends on the glaciers being held back. At a base which is losing this fight. The humans there are in desperate need of the assistance of Penley, a genius scientist who is living as a scavenger in the icy wastes rather than work for the inflexible Leader Clent.
But they have bigger problems when strange creatures are found frozen in the Ice. And one of them comes back to life...
Doctor Who of the time would always attract attention when it used new monsters. Would these be as popular and successful as the Daleks and the Cybermen? The production team did strike gold with the Ice Warriors. The armoured Martian reptiles with their hissing voices and sonic weapons were a hit. And have stayed in the memory ever since.
The Ice Warriors has other delights, though. It's a solid character drama with two superb guest star performances. Peter Barkworth as Clent and Peter Sallis as Penley really do deliver some excellent acting.Read more ›
It took me a little while to get used to the animation. The characters' movements seemed at little 'Mary, Mungo and Midge' after just watching the real actors, but the team behind the animation have done a really good job, superimposing cartoon figures on the original backgrounds in a way that is faithful to the episodes. With an audio track that has been superbly restored by Mark Ayres, I soon became completely absorbed by the story and forgot that I was watching a cartoon.
Indeed, the quality of the animation in 'The Ice Warriors' and 'Invasion' has reached a level where I think that it would be viable to release a whole story in this format. I'm sure that most fans of this era would rather rather an animated 'Evil of the Daleks' than nothing at all.
As for the story itself, I was amazed at how much the production team had achieved on a low budget. The sets and costumes were stunning (I'll turn a blind eye to Peter Sallis's very fake beard and the door on the Ice Warriors' space ship that only half shuts) and the cast give an imaginative script everything they've got.
It seems to be a given that the 'Classic' Doctor Who stories were much slower in pace, but 'The Ice Warriors' is anything but, plunging the viewer into the action from the very beginning. What this story does have that many modern episodes lack is that 'behind the sofa' feeling of menace.Read more ›
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What a super DVD!!!!
The existing four episodes have been beautifully cleaned up and the missing two have a super animation with original soundtrack to make the story as... Read more
A good Patrick Troughton story, with parts 2 and 3 being presented in animated form due to the fact that they are missing from the BBC archivesPublished 11 months ago by Susan Foreman