Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The New Ice Warriors!

I'd heard they were due to return in the next half-series of Doctor Who, those slithering Martians with a Klingon code of honor, the Ice Warriors, and the production team has just released their redesign to SFX magazine!
I'm quite a bit surprised at how on-model that is, actually. Their being reptiles, I thought for sure - and I know I wasn't alone - they'd go with a more saurian head, maybe even a tail. Do the lizard-men the new Silurians avoided being. But it looks like they kept the turtle-armor look, only with proper hands. On the one hand, I'm glad to see a real tribute to the original iconic design. On the other, it puts me in mind of some football game or SWAT raid. Maybe we'll finally see what a Martian looks like under the helmet!

The Ice Warriors appeared in four classic stories - The Ice Warriors, The Seeds of Death, The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon - facing off against the second and third Doctors, although in the third listed story, they were the good guys. Don't paint all Martians with the same brush kids! I suppose the return of classic Who's fourth biggest monster (behind the Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans) is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, but it's been too long coming in my opinion. Perhaps they were afraid people would roll their eyes at the Ice Warriors' origin planet. It IS rather quaint and dated.

But what do YOU think of the new Ice Warrior look?

13 comments:

Zundian said...

I'm a tad frightened that Moffat mentioned we'd never actually seen what an Ice Warrior looked like during the second "Doctors Revisited" special. It really seemed like he got cut off before saying we would in the upcoming series.

Tim Knight said...

I really like it (even down to the hinge on the hand that makes it look like an action figure). I was very underwhelmed with the redesign of the Silurians as they look almost nothing like the original, but these - as you said - are almost identical to the Classic Era monsters.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, the Sontarans are the third biggest recurring villains and the Ice Warriors are the fourth? I suddenly realize how few noteworthy recurring villains there are.

It's like if the biggest recurring villain in "Green Lantern" comics was Sinestro, followed by the Lamplighter and Rink Willard.

snell said...

"...classic Who's fourth biggest monster>..."

The Terileptils beg to differ...

Siskoid said...

I'm only going by number of appearances, mind you. The Yeti round out the Top 5, perhaps shared with Eocenes if you combine Silurians and Sea Devils.

Monsters didn't recur as much as people think.

Tim: Homo Reptilia are really closer to Jem'Hadar than Silurians, aren't they?

Craig Oxbrow said...

Monsters as opposed to villains - the Master and Davros would be 3 and 4 otherwise. (And look who the Big Bads from 2005-2008 were.)

But yeah, the gap between Sontarans and Ice Warriors reminds me of the Bill Hicks joke about the Iraqi army being the world's fourth largest.

"People say "Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world". Yeah, maybe, but you know what, after the first 3 largest armies, there's a real big ----ing drop-off. The Hare Krishnas are the fifth largest army in the world. And they've already got all our airports."

Siskoid said...

Exactly, I always separate monsters from villains. I don't want to put the Black Guardian in there either.

The drop-off isn't THAT big between the Sontarans and the Ice Warriors, as the potato heads only appeared in 4 classic serials too, and only inch out the Ice Warriors by being enemies in all four, also appearing in the Jim'll fix It episode, and getting a mention through the Rutans in Horror of Fang Rock. But strictly speaking, they're actually even Steven with the Ice Warriors, and actually appear in fewer EPISODES.

So maybe THEY'RE #3, and the Sontarans #4.

The real drop-off is after the Cybermen (10 classic serials).

Jeff R. said...

I'm not happy with classic-only reckoning, although I would support an 'as enemies only' to stop the Eocenes and Sontarans from getting too much of a boost. The Autons climb well into the second tier when you count both series, right?

(And having the Ice Warriors re-appear is vital to keeping the Weeping Angels down in the third tier with the Kinda entity...)

Siskoid said...

The Autons had two outings in the classic series, plus one more spread over two stories (Love & Monsters' flashback is concurrent with Rose). That's only three.

But they seem much more memorable than that!

Toby'c said...

You forget their appearance in The Pandorica Opens (and The Big Bang, though by then he wasn't even an antagonist).

Siskoid said...

Who wasn't an antagonist by then?

Toby'c said...

Rory.

Siskoid said...

You're right, I somehow forgot they were main antagonists in that. Let's call it 4½ for Autons then.