In 2005, Doctor Who returned to TV screens with a new cast and crew. After being off the air for over 15 years, a lot had changed in the TV landscape. With shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica having reboots of their own that paved the way for Who to return, it would not be the same show that earlier generations remembered.
One of the biggest differences was the ending of the serial format that had served the show well for twenty five years. Another was the upgrade to how the show looked.
Gone were the obviously rubber costumes and over the top masks that did little to suspend disbelief. The show would now have world class effects, make-up and costumes. But for many people who had hidden behind the couch as children, this was a sad state of affairs.
Here is a list of the best (worst) looking aliens from each of the original series’ Doctors.
This weekend’s Doctor Who brought another Classic Who villain back from the past, updating their design and reminding us again of just how many enemies The Doctor really has. “Cold War” was written by Mark Gattis, a huge and longtime fan of the series, and while it’s not a love letter like “The Doctor’s Wife,” it’s littered with homages to the era of Classic Who. Particularly those years of the Second through Fourth Doctors and adventures with U.N.I.T. The U.N.-British, alien task force doesn’t make an appearance, their role is filled by the crew of Soviet submarine damaged and sunken, but The Doctor and soldiers get on just as “well” as ever. Leading the crew is Captain Zhukov as played by Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham. He’s stern but fair and is basically fulfilling the role of the Brigadier in this sort of U.N.I.T.-era adventure. And I guess once a sea captain, always a sea captain. Then there’s Professor Grisenko played by David Warner because, duh, it’s David Warner. I wouldn’t have ever thought to cast Warner as an eccentric, 80s pop loving, Soviet scientist – and I’m not sure Doctor Who would have either – but when given the opportunity, jumped at it, and rightly so because his character is a definite highlight of the episode. These two give some of the best guest performances of the show to date.
The setting of a sunken submarine is perfect for this story as everything about it heightens the tension. The claustrophobic atmosphere, the dampness, long, dark, foreboding corridors; it’s all very uninviting and from the minute The Doctor and Clara arrive – in true Who fashion, completely unexpected and with the intention of arriving somewhere else – you immediately want to leave. Unfortunately, they can’t. Once the sub begins sinking the TARDIS disappears due to new safety protocols The Doctor has initiated, essentially stranding them. This is one of a few things that happen throughout “Cold War” for no other reason than the story needs it to happen, and it’s one of my few gripes about the episode. Had the TARDIS still been around the fear of both the submarine’s rapidly increasing level of water and decreasing level of oxygen, plus the reawakened Ice Warrior wouldn’t have been nearly as threatening. But I can kind of forgive such moments, too, because in a way this is what Classic Who was all about. It didn’t always make the most logical sense why The Doctor got himself into such situations, we just want to see how he gets out of them.
Lately, all the buzz has been on the filming of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary – which they’ve been doing quite publicly – but there’s still plenty of Season 7B ahead of us! Only two episodes have aired thus far – our reviews: “The Bells of Saint John” & “The Rings of Akhaten” – and already the mystery behind Clara, the “impossible girl,” is building. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Jenna-Louise Coleman teases all those little coincidences surrounding Clara. Like the birthday on Victorian Clara’s tombstone being November 23rd, which also happens to be the date of Who‘s anniversary. Coincidence? Not likely,
In the Christmas episode, I didn’t know why that was the case. But again, we will find out by the end of this series. But it’s really exciting — [the season finale] is phenomenal. My spine was tingling when I read it. Again, I’m teasing your so badly here, but there’s the beginning opening sequence, which [is] kind of building up into the 50th. It’s just huge.
So clearly, Clara and her impossibility is somehow linked to Who‘s 50th. That’s an interesting twist. Coleman also commented on Clara’s relationship with the TARDIS, which if you’ll remember from “Akahaten” seems to be off to a rough start,
The TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.
I definitely noticed the TARDIS was a little cold with Clara, not letting her inside without The Doctor for instance. I think the TARDIS senses something about her, recognizes that the same girl appearing in three separate times isn’t right. What do you think? Does the TARDIS know something’s wrong with Clara? Is that how she connects to whatever’s going down in the 50th?
Hit the jump for two clips from this week’s episode, “Cold War,” featuring our first footage of the new Ice Warriors, as well as the official synopsis for the fifth episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.”
We’ve seen Daleks and Cybermen and Autons, even famed baddies like Davros and The Master have appeared, and now it’s the Ice Warriors chance to return and be reinvented. They’ll be appearing in the third episode of the second half of Season 7 of Doctor Who – man, what a mouthful! – in an episode written by Mark Gatiss. All we really know thus far about its plot is we’ll find The Doctor and Clara trapped on a submarine for some kind of underwater adventure.
And there’ll be these guys,
Pretty great lookin’, right? I can’t wait to see how they move in these suits! I was worried they’d take their new design too modern, I’d feared they’d look too Silurian. But now, what we have here is another fantastic update job by the pros at Who. From those who designed it to those made it to those who now have to act in it. This look evokes the Ice Warriors of old, see above, but manage to be far more imposing and threatening. Basically, I’m more excited for the Ice Warriors to return now that I’ve gotten a proper look at them.
What do you guys think? Will the Ice Warriors be haunting your dreams, or do you think they’ll fall further on the side of hokey, forgettable Who villain?
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If you’re a Whovian with a hankering for less Weeping Angels and Silence, and more classic Doctor Who villains, you’re in luck. Talking with SFX producer Caro Skinner has confirmed the classic monsters, the Ice Warriors, are indeed returning. They’ll appear in the Mark Gatiss-penned submarine under siege episode, the ninth of Series 7 Part 2.
We’ve got the most fantastic episode by Mark Gatiss where we are bringing back the Ice Warrior… on a submarine! It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to.
We wanted to bring them back because they’re wonderful! In the mix of stories that we were planning for this year it felt as if doing something very bold with a monster that hadn’t been seen for a while would be really cool. Mark is an enormous fan of the Ice Warrior stories and came up with the idea. The sense of a monster of that scale and that size trapped in a really small, contained environment such as a submarine was a really brilliant story to be able to tell. And obviously we’ve had a huge amount of fun going back to the traditional designs and recreating them, bringing the Ice Warriors back to life again.
They were such a beautiful original design, and are genuinely really scary in terms of what they look like as they’re coming towards you in that armour. Letting a huge Ice Warrior loose at the heart of a classic Hunt For Red October style submarine movie was exactly the kind of story that the Doctor should get mixed up in.
They’ve got really scary voices as well. I spent quite a lot of time on set trying to hiss like an Ice Warrior…
I’m really excited to see their new design. Frightening and imposing they may have been in the 60s, but today, like a lot of classic Who monsters, they’d be laughable.
Excited for the Ice Warriors? Any other classic monsters and villains you’d like to appear in the current series?
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A few new details have emerged about the Mark Gatiss written episode from the second half of Doctor Who‘s Series 7. For instance, it involves, “volumes of water,” and will be an, “under siege story.” At least that’s what episode director Douglas Mackinnon said in the most recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
In the magazine Mackinnon talked mostly about the technical aspects of directing,
I enjoyed it just about more than any other bit of directing I’ve ever done. Without a doubt, if ever there were a team effort that has made an episode work, it was that one. Just the safety elements alone, with water flowing around… The gaffers, and the Electrical Department, and the practical effects guys, they were all on top of that the entire time… Also, we had to remember that there was electrical circuitry on show. All that had to be shifted to 12 volts to make it safe. And there was steam, and smoke, and explosions, and guns, and everything that makes directing Doctor Who fun. I had the time of my life. And then there’s ‘the creature’ as well.
And while he doesn’t go into specifics about just who “the creature” is, there’s plenty of rumor this episode could herald the return of the Ice Warriors. These baddies, a reptilian race found on Mars, are classics dating all the way back to the Second Doctor’s adventures. I remember there being a lot of murmuring the Ice Warriors would return in the David Tennant story, “The Waters of Mars”, but obviously that didn’t happen. Could this be their season to return?
Because of the environment that Mark put his creature in, there was all sorts of texture around that’s natural to the environment – and water, of course – and I took advantage of that. I had the creature stomping through water. I shot some of it in slow-mo, to make it look even more impressive. The results are magnificent. If that’s hard work, I’ll have some more of it, thank you very much.
Whether it’s the Ice Warriors or not it sounds like another impressive Doctor Who monster. Mackinnon promises it’ll be, “really scary,” so here’s hoping it’ll fit right in with the pantheon of Cyberman, The Silence, Weeping Angels, and Daleks.
What do you think this could mean for Gatiss’ first of two Series 7 Part 2 episodes? Could it be the return of the Ice Warriors?
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Things continue to line-up for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary next year with new slipping that one of the new year’s episode will feature the return of a Who-enemy not seen on screen since 1974: The Ice Warriors.
From the storyline of the same name, the Ice Warriors are a reptilian-like race from Mars, faced off against the Earth-bound Third Doctor played by the late John Pertwee. Now, according to a source for the Daily Star, the Ice Warriors will be one of the first bad guys faced by the new team of The Doctor and his latest companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in one of the seventh series episodes scheduled for broadcast in 2013.
Here are the words direct from the Daily Star:
They are making their return in 2013—the 50th anniversary of the show which now stars Matt Smith, 29. The Ice Warriors will be among the first creatures encountered by the Time Lord’s new companion, played by Jenna, 26, following her arrival in the Christmas Day special.And the episode will be penned by Sherlock star Mark Gatiss, 45.
A source said: “Who fans have been crying out for the return of the Ice Warriors. Now they’ve got their wish. “It’s going to be an exciting year with the 50th anniversary celebrations.”
The Ice Warriors have briefly been mentioned in the modern incarnation of Who. The Tenth Doctor, in the 2009 special The Waters of Mars, believed that it may have been the Ice Warriors that froze the Flood on the red planet and evacuated, leaving the zombifying water to be discovered by humans centuries later.
But either way, it’s another sign that 2013 is shaping up to be a family reunion year on Doctor Who. We’ve got the Ice Warriors joining the Yeti and the Zygons amongst the returning villains, and the constant references to the possibility of return visits by companions and past Doctors (including the previously reluctant Tom Baker).
Hopefully the production team can do a bit of an update on the Ice Warrior costume because those old ones look like Godzilla wearing welding goggles.