Time Lord Party, Day Four: The Ice Warriors DVD Review + a "Cool" Grand Prize Giveaway!

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DVD Overview
Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (Story 39)
In the distant future, Earth faces a new Ice Age. While a dedicated team of scientists battle to hold the approaching glaciers at bay, a startling discovery is made deep within the ice … an alien warrior, frozen for millennia. When the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie and Victoria arrive they soon discover Earth is under threat from the Ice Warriors – fearsome Martians intent on conquering our planet for themselves.

My Thoughts:
If you're a fan of the Doctor Who series, chances are you've come across the Ice Warriors. Most recently, we met Ice Warrior Skaldak in the series 7 episode, "Cold War." As intimidating as a trapped Ice Warrior in an immobilized submarine may be, the Ice Warriors first appeared in the earliest years of the classic Doctor Who series, a whole bunch of them stuck on earth during a new Ice Age is ten times more frightening. Imagine watching a handful of these giant creatures lurching after you with no way to stop them -- until the Doctor that is. In this newly remastered 6 episode set from BBC DVD that's exactly what you get, a group of Warriors hellbent on reshaping the earth's climate to make it their perfect home no matter who gets in their way.

Varga, an Ice Warrior
Photo from the BBC Doctor Who website
"The Ice Warriors" first aired in 1967 but surprisingly it doesn't feel like a 1960s production. Sure, the costumes and the black and white picture let you know that you're watching something filmed in the 60s but the special effects weren't all that bad. While watching the extras included with this terrific set -- interviews with producers and actors involved in the making of the Ice Warrior episodes etc. it was mentioned that in spite of the low budget, this story turned out surprisingly well and I have to agree! The avalanches, the snow, and even the ice were a lot more realistic than the set in most of the newer Doctor Who episodes. The only thing that bothered me a little were episodes 2 and 3. The video for those episodes had been lost with only the original audio remaining, exclusively for this DVD the episodes were animated. The animation was flat and 2 dimensional so the characters looked and moved like paper dolls on the screen. I would have loved for it to have been more 3 dimensional. That said, I am so glad that the BBC included the animations in this set. It would be a shame to not be able to watch this gem of a story in its entirety.

As for the actors themselves...brilliant! Let's face it, there were bits where they flubbed their lines and the monsters bumbled things up, but I thought it led to a sort of authenticity. I don't know about you, but I think I'd become more than a little incoherent when faced with a huuuuge, scary Martian who wanted to kill me and destroy the planet! Patrick Troughton (the Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie), and Deborah Watling (Victoria) all had great chemistry together. Jamie and Victoria's little conversations concerning Miss Garrett's costume was hilarious. In spite of the terrible danger that the Doctor and his companions find themselves in, there's always a moment or two that elicits a giggle.

"The Ice Warriors" is a terrific set for anyone who's a longtime Whovian or someone who's just starting out. If you want to start off your Doctor Who viewing with the classic episodes, this story set is a good one! Adventure, danger, and thrills abound in this great collection from the BBC.

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors is available now on DVD from the BBC America Shop online and other stores. 

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

 *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/publicist for review purposes. I received no compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*


Thanks to everyone for all of your kind comments and making this party such a great success! I'm sure the Doctor would put his seal of approval on the entire event, I know I certainly do. I appreciate each and every one of you and I am so glad to celebrate 50 years of the Doctor with you during my birthday week.

Originally, this was meant to be a review post with the grand prize giveaway to start tomorrow, but since the party is going so well, I thought I'd publish the grand prize giveaway today instead. I want to give everyone a few extra days to enter to win the big prize pack. Remember, you can also get extra entries in the Day Two and Day Three (Doctor Who poster) giveaways by tweeting the message in the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of each giveaway post! If you haven't entered the Day One giveaway for a copy of Last of the Gaderene, you can still do that too! Now for the grand prize...

One winner will receive an Ice Warriors themed gift pack
~ A gently used copy of the classic Doctor Who story, The Ice Warriors on DVD
~ A paperback copy of The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett (featuring the Ice Warriors)
~ A $5 McDonalds giftcard for a McFlurry, a Cherry Berry Chiller, or maybe some ice cold Sweet Tea!

Such a "cool" prize pack, huh? ;-) 

US residents, ages 18+ only. Void where prohibited. I'm not responsible for lost, misdirected or damaged prizes. Complete giveaway rules are listed on the Rafflecopter form. To be entered to win, you must fill out the form. Depending on the browser that you use, you may have to give the form some time to load. If you have any questions or problems with the form contact me at steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  1. Cool giveaway!! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Oh sounds fun! I've loved reading your posts and getting new Who-related entertainment ideas. :)

  3. How awesome! I haven't seen much of the second doctor, but I did really like Jamie McCrimmon as one of his companions :) Thanks for this awesome DW party!

  4. It is a cool prize pack. Is that the question? Thanks for the giveaway, my family and I enjoy Dr. Who.

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