Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 9

Cold War (13 Apr. 2013)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Captain Zhukov
Professor Grisenko
Lieutenant Stepashin
Josh O'Connor ...
Charlie Anson ...
Skaldak (voice)


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 garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Both the two main guest stars have been in the running to play The Doctor. David Warner was offered the role in 1974. Liam Cunningham was a front runner for the 1996 TV film. See more »


Captain Zhukov's sidearm is a Browning High-Power. It was never used by the Soviet military. See more »


Professor Grisenko: I always sing a song.
Clara: What?
Professor Grisenko: To keep my spirits up.
Clara: Yeah that would work. If this were Pinocchio.
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References Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors: Episode 1 (1967) See more »


Written by Billy Currie, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, and Midge Ure;
Performed by Ultravox with additional vocals by David Warner.
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another dud
5 June 2013 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

After last weeks appalling episode we have another very dull and insipid story that goes nowhere very fast. Great actors like David Warner are completely wasted. Like last week the story is very weak. I'm not in the least bit surprised that Matt Smith has decided to call it a day and leave this sinking ship. I really don't see much of a future if they can't improve things greatly. We just want a bit more thought to be put into it with a decent (or even half-decent) story like there has been in previous series. I've only seen the first three maybe it improves but I'm starting to think I'm never going to see a good episode again.

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