Monday 23 May 2011

182 The Ice Warriors: Three

EPISODE: The Ice Warriors: Three
TRANSMITTED: 25 November 1967
WRITER: Brian Hayles
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors
TELESNAPS: The Ice Warriors: Three

Varga frees his four warriors from the ice: Zondal, Turoc, Isbur and Rintan. Arden and Jamie return to the base for the proper equipment. Storr won't believe Penley's tale of a warrior in the ice. They are visited by Miss Garret who tries, unsuccessfully, to get Penley to return to the base. He does however tell her to look at his notes on the Omega Factor to help with the ioniser. Zondal is ordered to locate the ship an excavate a cave as a trap. Penley's notes help the Doctor in his attempt to remedy the Ioniser. Entering the cave Arden and Jamie are shot down by the Ice Warriors. Clent cannot contact them and the Doctor is worried. Penley enters the cave after the Warriors have entered their ship and checks the bodies. Arden is dead but Jamie lives: he takes him back to the building he and Storr are living in. Victoria sneaks away from the Ice Warriors and, finding Arden's body, uses his communicator to contact the base. The Doctor is concerned when he hears what has happened but all Arden is interested in is details of the ship which leads Victoria to become hysterical. Meanwhile the Martians are training their cannon on Victoria and preparing to fire....

We've got arguing about if humans are better than computers, arguing about being able to choose a way of life over others needs, escaping from ice warriors and traipsing about in the snow. Sadly as I remember it that's the pattern for the rest of the story.

Lets have a look at the Martian members of the cast: Bernard Bresslaw, appearing as Ice Warrior leader Varga needs no introduction as we've all seen him in numerous Carry On films, usually playing a sidekick to Sid James. Most of the rest of the Ice Warriors have Doctor Who connections either in the past or future: Sonny Caldinez, as Turoc, was previously Kemel in Evil of the Daleks. He'll be main hench Ice Warrior from now on. Tony Harwood, playing Rintan, was a Cyberman in Tomb of the Cybermen and a Yeti in Abominable Snowmen so he's been in three stories on the trot. He's back as another Ice Warrior in Seeds of Death with Sonny Caldinez. Isbur is Michael Attwell's first Doctor Who appearance. He's probably best known as Kenny Beale in East Enders but he's got a memorable return Who appearance as Bates in Attack of the Cybermen. He appears to have been in just about everything and taking a peak at his CV I realise that I can remember his Sikes in the Classic Serial Olive Twist very well (Producer: Terrance Dicks) There's a few other Who personnel involved with that too!

Today marks six months that I've been producing this blog.

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