The wait is almost over! After fans have patiently waited, the BBC DVD release of “The Ice Warriors” is coming to DVD on September 17, 2013. Starring Patrick Troughton as The Second Doctor, Frazer Hines as Jamie and Deborah Watling as Victoria, this fan favorite story is brought back to life even though two of the episodes have been lost. Through the newly animated episodes two and three, fans can finally experience this hauntingly amazing tale.
Landing the TARDIS in England, if you can call it landing, the Doctor and his companions find themselves in the distant future. As the Earth is in the midst of a new Ice Age, some of England’s greatest scientists work tirelessly to stop the advancing glaciers. When something is spotted in the ice, the scientists unfreeze the discovery and soon realize that they have released an Ice Warrior who will stop at nothing to revive the other warriors in the ice and escape in their ship. Can The Doctor stop The Ice Warriors from killing all of the scientists and his own companions?
Though many classic “Doctor Who” stories’ special effects have not stood up to the test of time, one could argue “The Ice Warriors” is an exception. While the costumes are a bit outlandish and The Ice Warriors themselves are campy, these pieces add to the ambiance of the story. As a dark, horror story, the sets and interiors of the base help create a feeling of despair that is only heightened by the timeless acting of Troughton, Hines, Watling and some amazing guest stars.
The DVD release is full of great Special Features. Not only are there commentaries of each episode, there is also a behind the scenes documentary and the original television trailer. The commentaries are very interesting and include Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Sonny Caldinez, Bernard Bresslaw and many others. In addition, there is a documentary titled “Beneath The Ice” which is a behind the scenes special about the animated episodes.
“The Ice Warriors” is a must have for old and new fans alike and will be available from BBC at local and online retailers beginning on September 17, 2013. Nearly 46 years after it originally aired on television, fans can sit back and enjoy this one of a kind story.
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