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Doctor Who, the Ice Warriors (Dr Who Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2005
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Patrick Troughton stars as the second Doctor in this remastered original soundtrack of his first ever encounter with the Ice Warriors, with linking narration by Frazer Hines '5000 years of history...crushed beneath a moving mountain of ice. The TARDIS crew materialize in an England of the future, and find Earth in the grip of a new Ice Age. A team of scientists, under the guidance of Leader Clent, is managing to hold back the advance of huge glaciers - but it's only a matter of time before the ice wins through. A giant humanoid creature is found embedded in the glacier and is unwittingly revived. The alien identifies itself as Varga, and he leads a group of warriors who landed from Mars centuries before.With their home planet long dead, the Ice Warriors now intend to conquer Earth. Clent's dependence on logic hampers resistance to the invaders, as the all-important base computer breaks down. The renegade scientist Penley could possibly help the situation - but will his pride allow it? Ultimately, only this small band of humans, aided by the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, can hope to stop the might of the Ice Warriors.This CD release also features a short bonus interview with Frazer Hines, plus the original BBC TV trailer for the next story, "The Enemy of the World".
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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.
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