It’s that time of year when the weather reaches absolute freezing and most of us decide to hibernate for three to five months. Even though the winter landscapes across the country can look stunning, it doesn’t mean that we all want to be outside during this gruesomely cold time.
So while you’re staying in and enjoying your hibernation period over the traditional winter freeze and have worn out iPlayer’s reruns of The Snowmen, why not enjoy some good old Doctor Who adventures that are particularly snow-bound. You know, just to remind you that you’re not out in the cold. We’ve even come up with a list of top stories with lots of wintery vibes running through them because, y’know, we’re lovely that way.
The Claws of Axos
Recently rereleased on DVD and looking better than ever, the Axons arrival causes problems for Britain’s weather and induces snow and cold temperatures. This was a last minute addition to the plot as Britain encountered some freak weather conditions that month.
The Seeds of Doom
The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrive in Antarctica to investigate a Krynoid pod that has been uncovered in the snow. The Doctor doesn’t seem to be affected by the cold weather but poor old Sarah can’t feel any of her appendages!
Revelation of the Daleks
The Sixth Doctor and Peri visit the planet Necros in order for the Doctor to pay his last respects to a departed acquaintance. But on the way to funeral home Tranquil Repose, the TARDIS team are attacked by a mutant in the snowy wilderness. Watching the Doctor roll around in that snow is enough to make you turn the heating up to maximum!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Possibly the snowiest adventure that the Doctor has ever had. As soon as he and the Arwells step into the world of the Wooden King and Queen, we’re given one of the most picturesque Doctor Who adventures ever produced.
Planet of the Ood
Does this really need mentioning? The amount of snow that appears in this episode is enough to make the most hardened Canadian feel the chill. TARDIS in the snow, Ood in the snow, it’s a shame that they’ll never get a chance to wear any summer clothing on that planet.
Any Tenth Doctor Christmas Special 2005-2008
The snow’s the bonus here. Old T Davies always gave us proper snow or a Doctor Who-y version of it. Not so much a snowy setting for these stories especially since they were always shot in the summer in Wales but Doctor Who’s former Executive Producer always found a way to get those unique flakes a cameo on Christmas day. Davies best use of snow however was at the end of Voyage of the Damned, after the ballast of the Titanic entered the Earth’s atmosphere and caused snow-like ash to fall from the skies, the Doctor and Mr Copper discuss Astrid’s sacrifice and exactly how she’ll be remembered, it’s a rather beautiful moment. Sniff.
The Unquiet Dead
When the Ninth Doctor and Rose get their dates wrong they end up in Cardiff in the 1890’s where they meet Charles Dickens. In true Dickens style, the snow is thick and heavy and creates a wonderfully creepy and isolated Mark Gatiss adventure from 2005.
The Edge of Destruction/ Marco Polo
At the end of one adventure and the beginning of another, the First Doctor and his friends find themselves on the snowy plain of Pamir where they proceed to have a brief snowball fight before finding a mysterious footprint on the ground
The Abominable Snowmen
A special mention goes out to this story. Although the visual aspect is missing presumed gone forever (but then, so was Tomb of the Cybermen once, so here’s hoping) you can still enjoy the original BBC soundtrack and find out what happened to the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive in cold and snow ridden Tibet, where they take on the Great Intelligence, who may well be of the same ilk as the Nestene Consciousness.
So there’s your weekend viewing sorted out, crank the heating up as high as it’ll go and enjoy some fantastic and very cold Doctor Who!
Then, when you’re done, enjoy The Snowmen once again…