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
Textual labels throughout the sub are either meaningless combinations of Cyrillic letters or transliterated English words. This is most evident on the depth indicator, where the Cyrillic letters spell the English word "meters" instead of the Russian "metry". See more
I always sing a song.
To keep my spirits up.
Yeah that would work. If this were Pinocchio.
Written by Billy Currie
, Chris Cross
, Warren Cann
, and Midge Ure
Performed by Ultravox
with additional vocals by David Warner
. See more