Fans of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ episodes are in for a real treat this weekend with the return of a classic villain – the Ice Warrior! In anticipation for the upcoming episode featuring these extraterrestrial humanoids, the BBC has released 3 videos which you can watch below.
The first video is a short introduction of the episode by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman while the other 2 are clips from ‘Cold War.’ What is exciting about the second clip is that we finally see the Ice Warrior in action as we witness the first meeting in a very long time between the species and the Doctor.
For those unfamiliar, the Ice Warriors were first introduced in 1967 in the story arc ‘The Ice Warriors’ during the time of the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). Since then, they have made numerous appearances in the series but have not been seen on screen since the 70’s. The 10th Doctor did make mention of them in the episode ‘The Waters of Mars’ when he was talking to Captain Adelaide Brooke as they overlooked a frozen area of water in Bowie Base One saying that whatever was infecting the crew was probably known by the Ice Warriors who froze it to prevent its escape.
Mark Gatiss, who not only wrote this episode but has also written several other ‘Doctor Who’ episodes such as ‘The Unquiet Dead,’ ‘The Idiot’s Lantern,’ ‘Night Terrors’ and ‘Victory of the Daleks’ as well as the Doctor Who biopic ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’, has always wanted to bring the Ice Warriors back to the series. As to whether we’ll see more of them, he states:
“I don’t want to give a politician’s ‘wait and see’ answer, but I’d love to do more with them now they’re back in Cold War. Mars is under-explored in Doctor Who. I want to see the class system, the Phobos Heresy, the Olympian caste, all the things that we’re hinting at in Cold War. I want to see Martian society. Whether it’s 5,000 years ago or 15,000 years in the future, it’s a whole new world to explore. The Ice Warriors are back where they belong, and I’m thrilled.”
‘Doctor Who: Cold War’ will air Saturday, April 13, on BBC America at 8pm/7 C.
The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!