The Doctor and Clara find themselves dealing with Cold War tensions when the TARDIS lands aboard a disabled Soviet ballistic submarine. The Doctor isn't the only alien being on board however - while engaged in undersea drilling, Professor Grisenko thought he'd found a mammoth and brought the creature on the boat encased in ice. It isn't a mammoth but an Ice Warrior, who has been lying dormant for 5000 years. He identifies himself as Grand Marshal Skaldak but when he cannot contact others of his kind, he assumes he is the last of his race. He now has every intention of starting a thermonuclear war between the superpowers and destroy Earth. Written by
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chose the time period because he was "kind of obsessed" with the Cold War, and felt that there were several times in the 1980s where the danger was close. Gatiss also described "Cold War" as a "love-letter" to the base-under-siege stories that were common during Patrick Troughton
's time. The episode even contains a reference to "The Krotons", which was the last time the TARDIS's HADS had been mentioned. See more
The submarine bridge is equipped with LCD screens (although apparently imitating monochrome CRT monitors), these weren't available in 1984, and certainly not on Russian submarines. See more
I'm always serious, with days off.
Referenced in Doctor Who: Hell Bent
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