Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 15

The Ice Warriors: Episode 5 (9 Dec. 1967)

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The Doctor and Victoria are both held prisoner by the Ice Warriors as Varga decides to take over Brittanicus.

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The Doctor and Victoria are both held prisoner by the Ice Warriors as Varga decides to take over Brittanicus.

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This episode takes place on the Britannicus Base in the 34th Century. See more »

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[first lines]
Varga: Who are you?
Dr. Who: I never answer questions until I'm properly introduced.
Varga: You will answer now.
[the Doctor has a defiant look on his face]
Varga: Very well. You are standing in the airlock to this spacecraft. Unless you answer my questions, within ten seconds, I will take the atmospheric pressure around you down to zero.
Dr. Who: But... But if you do that my body will explode!
Varga: One... two... three...
Dr. Who: Oh, alright! Alright! But I don't think much of your hospitality!
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Icy but super hot - this is a fantastic production and a real classic
1 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This is a tremendous production in all respects. The costumes really stand out straight away as superb and believable. They are stylishly and expertly made especially for the humans and also for the Ice Warriors. The acting and characterisation are of a high standard throughout with guest parts well written and acted providing realistic and interesting characters. The TARDIS crew main cast are on great form and the script is fantastic. The story itself is great fun with plenty of action but also intelligent and thoughtful science fiction. There are ideas of humans over-reliance on machines, people torn between just running away from a system they dislike or fighting to change it, relationships with and threat of war with alien races with a few moral questions along the way. More than that though it is just a fine example of a very well produced, exciting story with great villains and three dimensional characters.

I really could not disagree more and frankly do not understand a review I read on here giving this a very cool (pardon the pun) reception. The only direct criticism I could spot in that review was to say this is somewhat copied from the story of The Thing From Another World, other than that they just say it did not grab them. Well if this does not grab you I suggest Doctor Who will never rate well for you. This is top notch Doctor Who, and that is a view supported by its high rating on IMDb and by reviews by Doctor Who specialist reviewers such as the BBC Episode Guide. To say it is like The Thing From Another World is not entirely wrong in that the story contains an alien preserved in ice which is then thawed out but would that reviewer criticise The Brain of Morbius (widely considered one of the best ever stories) because it vaguely copies the premise of Frankenstein?! I am not a fan at all of copying other people's ideas or derivative stories. However, this is not derivative it purely shares an aspect of that story just as the ideas of nearly every science fiction story all share some aspect or other with at least one other story. The Borg in Star Trek for instance are extremely close in concept to the Cybermen but it does not make them rubbish because they are done just differently enough and are good in their own right. This story over its 6 episodes has way more going for it and way more ideas than just the alien in the ice premise. It is a perfect example of an alien menace adventure.


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