Climate control mentioned in this story at a time when this was only just starting to be understood – indeed plate tectonics had only just been discovered so this is quite ahead of its
time. There’s a quiz later on for the Doctor later on, questioning him on what he should do to help with the climate which may be going into an ice age. So at least the show may educate some about climate control, 40 years in advance.
Don’t seem too fussed about the frozen being, possibly fossil, until they notice it’s a man. ‘Not a another dinosaur bone, no, looks like a viking’.
Tardis lands sideways on in the ice with plenty of comedy moments for Jamie and The Doctor getting out of the Tardis.
There’s an old Georgian building there behind the ice wall, and The Doctor notices there are problems with the computer in the next room just by the sound. Conveniently for them, he comes in, determines they have only 2m38s left before they are blown up and fixes it just like that after reading panels he’s not seen before. In the Cold War, the 11th Doctor does a very similar thing.
If they don’t answer a hard scientific question they get classified as a scavenger and get put on a boat to Africa. “Oh no, not Africa” said Victoria – what a Victorian attitude. The same can be said when Jamie makes comments about short skirts, asking Victoria to wear one??!!
The Ice Warrior is brought into the house and immediately starts thawing, guess what the cliffhanger will be, this is starting well. And I’ve just noticed Peter Sallis is in this too.
2nd and 3rd episodes are animated which looks great. We soon get down to business with a real risk of the Warrior coming alive, and the possibility of a spaceship of warriors which they might bump into.
More focus on the computer being always relied on which Victoria and Jamie aren’t too happy about. The Ice Warrior comes alive by being electrocuted to life, who then interrogates Victoria filling us in details of his plans, either return to the Red Planet or conquering the Earth (they duly note that humans will probably interfere with his race)
Lots of dissent with Clent, the head honcho. Some suggesting he should have been born a robot. I wonder…A thought that was totally thrown away by the end of the story. The Doctor suggests he should perhaps trust human beings, not just computers.
A sonic device is being used by the Ice Warriors, a prelude of things to come? They seem quite a dastardly clever lot, thinking about all the scenarios.The Doctor using his brain to work things out, with another ‘factor’ just like a few shows ago. This time the ‘Omega Factor’.
So the Ice Warrior weapons are set to kill people,and does so in one scene. Jamie gets shot, but comes around and his legs still are slightly paralysed. We see this used again later on. From episode 4, we get to properly see the outfits that make up the Ice Warriors, leading to a bit of a reputation for the “it’s just a man in a bad suit”. The certainly don’t seem to be able to get around very well but try to make up for it by gesticulating with their claws.
Out in the open, Jamie is confronted with wolves and a bear. Infotext says the bear was supplied Coventry Zoo Rama firm – this was probably related to the Coventry Zoo which has thankfully now closed.
One of the people working on the base had enough and was going to destroy the computer. Being shot by one of their own people was a little harsh.
Loving all the wobbly screen shots when the heat is pumped unexpectantly, which is causing great problems for the Ice Warriors. Coupled with the explosion that the Doctor set off, the Warriors spend time smacking their heads in a most peculiar fashion.
Classic line when discussing the computer and an insolvable question, “Computer says no” It seems they have to go with the scientist and Doctor’s views. Again we see shots of The Ice Warriors waving to camera as they are defeated by the sonic weapon.
A well constructed point from Will Brooks review, we see the start of an idea for a Sonic screwdriver develop much further in this story. It’s been hinted as previously with resonations of door lock etc, I wonder how long it is till we see it.
Overall a nice introduction to the Ice Warriors, showing exactly how clever, yet callous they can be. I heartily feel for the actors inside the suits knowing how much they suffered for the story