While similar reports have been rife over the past few years, Matt was pretty non-committal when asked about the possible return of the Martian creatures at The 11th Hour convention in Birmingham, merely smiling and offering no comment. But this smile has led to a knee-jerk reaction that’s sent the internet alight with speculation.
Could this be a confirmation of The Daily Star’s report last week, which stated that they’d return to face-off with the Doctor and the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman? The newspaper claims the episode will be written by Mark Gatiss (The Idiot’s Lantern; Victory of the Daleks). A ‘source’ supposedly told The Daily Star:
“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 first appeared opposite the second Doctor in 1967 before returning in 1969’s The Seeds of Death. They next appeared in The Curse of Peladon (1972), convincing the Third Doctor that they had turned over a new leaf – then a rebellious faction returned in The Monster of Peladon. Though they haven’t been on-screen since the 1974 adventure, the Ice Warriors have returned in numerous other mediums, like audio (including Red Dawn and Deimos/ The Resurrection of Mars), books (like Legacy and The Dying Days) and comics (such as 4-Dimensional Vistas and Cold Blooded War!).
They’ve most recently appeared opposite the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory in Dan Abnett’s novel, The Silent Stars Go By. They also were proudly displayed alongside newer monster costumes at the official Doctor Who convention – a further clue that they might return?
And it seems that there’s plenty of call for the reappearance of the cool (heh) monsters: at the time of writing, the Radio Times’ poll reports a huuuuge 93.94% of voters want the return of the Ice Warriors for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.