SFX Magazine has exclusively revealed the worst kept secret in Doctor Who fandom – the return of the Ice Warriors in Series 7b, after a break of almost 40 years!
In an episode written by Mark Gatiss (who seems to be incredibly busy of late!) the Martian monsters will be seen on board a submarine in (what is currently) episode three, directed by Douglas Mackinnon that also features the incomparable David Warner.
Speaking to SFX, executive producer Caro Skinner describes the episode:
“It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to.”
It seems also that Skinner is a bit of a fan of the reptiles.
“We wanted to bring them back because they’re wonderful! In the mix of stories that we were planning for this year it felt as if doing something very bold with a monster that hadn’t been seen for a while would be really cool. Mark is an enormous fan of the Ice Warrior stories and came up with the idea. The sense of a monster of that scale and that size trapped in a really small, contained environment such as a submarine was a really brilliant story to be able to tell. And obviously we’ve had a huge amount of fun going back to the traditional designs and recreating them, bringing the Ice Warriors back to life again.
The Ice Warriors’ background is simple – they’re Doctor Who‘s Martians, a race from a dead planet who often want to conquer Earth as their new home (such as in The Ice Warriors (1967) and The Seeds of Death (1969)). However, they have also been “friendly” (as opposed to the villain) such as in The Curse of Peladon (1972) and returned in The Monster of Peladon in 1974. As yet, we don’t know how far the original design will be updated. Ice Warriors have also appeared in the Eighth Doctor novel The Dying Days and in Stephen Baxter’s The Wheel of Ice.
“They were such a beautiful original design, and are genuinely really scary in terms of what they look like as they’re coming towards you in that armour. Letting a huge Ice Warrior loose at the heart of a classic Hunt For Red October style submarine movie was exactly the kind of story that the Doctor should get mixed up in. They’ve got really scary voices as well. I spent quite a lot of time on set trying to hiss like an Ice Warrior…
Something else to look forward to in our 50th anniversary year!
(Thanks to Ian)