Thursday, 26 September 2013

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors: DVD Review

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors: DVD Review

Rating: PG
Released by BBC and Roadshow Home Ent

So it's to 1967 we go for a seminal tale of the second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton which has been brought back to life using animation, given that two of the six episodes are missing.

It's also the debut of the Ice Warriors, the iconic lumbering foe which were a real step up in the creature design.

Despite being deemed a classic serial, time's not been kind to this epic, given that parts of the story feel drawn out and shudder a little under the six episode format. Basically, as humans shiver over the arrival of an ice age, a hidden Martian craft is discovered beneath the ice. As those scientists charged with trying to stop the onslaught of the glaciers fight on, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria show up - just as an evil Ice Warrior is dug up from within the ice....

The animation works well, giving more expression than has been glimpsed before on the other two outings and there's a feeling of 3D which makes you forget (to a degree) you're watching drawings.

All in all, Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors is a nice addition to the range - and the extras give it a bit more life. A making of doco, and a doco on the animation are perhaps the highlights.

Special Features: Commentaries, Subtitles, Beneath the Ice: Behind the Scenes, Blue Peter: Design-a-Monster,  Doctor Who Stories: Frazer Hines part two, Cold Fusion: Making Of , Photo Gallery, VHS Links, Radio Times Listings(DVD-ROM), Digitally Remastered Picture & Sound Quality.


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