Gatiss Explains Why He Wanted Ice Warriors Return

In an article for the Radio Times website, Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has explained why he wanted to bring back the Ice Warriors, and his approach to their reinvention in Cold War.


It’s fascinating stuff, covering their history, the geo-political setting and the all-important desire to update the monsters, divorcing the Ice Warriors from Steven Moffat’s perceived “lumbering” stereotypes.

Says Gatiss:

I was determined that we should honour the original, brilliant Ice Warrior design. It’s so imposing and scary. They’ve now got an iridescent quality to their scaliness, like dragonfly wings. I was knocked out when I saw the result. Lots of the crew didn’t know they were a famous returning baddie; they just reacted to them as a really cool, scary monster. Perfect!

Perhaps because the Ice Warriors have appeared in Doctor Who so infrequently and have so little backstory, there’s tremendous room to invent. The Martians seem to have strict codes of honour, but we have seen them, at various points in their history, behaving as militaristic aggressors and pragmatic diplomats. Is their Mars dead or alive? Are they as noble as Spartans or as ruthless as Romans?

Cold War will be, I hope, only the beginning of a new chapter for these fabulous Doctor Who monsters.

One gets the feeling that there’s a wonderful future in store for the Ice Warriors. Head to the Radio Times to read the full article.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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