Episode Number: Episode Title: Transmission Date: Duration: Ratings in Millions:
1 Episode One 11/11/1967 24:21 mins 6.7
2 Episode Two 18/11/1967 24:16 mins 7.1
3 Episode Three 25/11/1967 23:58 mins 7.4
4 Episode Four 2/12/1967 24:23 mins 7.3
5 Episode Five 9/12/1967 24:25 mins 8.0
6 Episode Six 16/12/1967 23:58 mins 7.5
Season: Doctor: Producer: Writer: Script Editor: Director:
Five The 2nd Doctor Innes Lloyd Brian Hayles Peter Bryant Derek Martinus


The Doctor - Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Victoria Waterfield - Deborah Watling
Miss Garrett - Wendy Gifford
Clent - Peter Barkworth
Arden - George Waring
Walters - Malcolm Taylor
Davis - Peter Diamond
Storr - Angus Lennie
Elric Penley - Peter Sallis
Voice of Computer - Roy Skelton
Varga - Bernard Bresslaw
Zondal - Roger Jones
Turoc - Sonny Caldinez
Rintan - Tony Harwood
Isbur - Michael Attwell
Assistant Floor Manager - Quenton Annis
Costumes - Martin Baugh
Designer - Jeremy Davies
Film Cameraman - Brian Langley
Film Editor - Michael Lockey
Incidental Music - Dudley Simpson
Make-Up - Sylvia James
Producer - Innes Lloyd
Production Assistant - Snowy Lidiard-White
Script Editor - Peter Bryant
Special Sounds - Brian Hodgson
Studio Lighting - Sam Neeter
Studio Sound - Bryan Forgham
Theme Arrangement - Delia Derbyshire
Title Music - Ron Grainer
Visual Effects - Bernard Wilkie, Ron Oates
Buried deep in the ice, scientists at Britannicus Base have discovered an ancient warrior. But this is no simple archaeological find. What they have found is the commander of a spaceship that crashed into the glacier thousands of years ago.

Thawed from the ice, and knowing their home planet Mars is now a dead world, the Ice Warriors decide to make Earth their own…
Episode One

In the distant future at Brittanicus Base, senior control technician Jane Garrett and her staff struggle to control an ioniser which they are using to slow the progress of glaciers rolling over Britain. Leader Clent is convinced they can avert a new Ice Age, but the group knows they are only a few hours away from abandoning the base. Tensions rise when Penley, a maverick scientist who has defected from the team, is mentioned. The remaining senior scientist, Arden, is out on the glacier searching for archaeological finds. He discovers an armoured man in a block of ice. Arden and his colleagues ignore appeals to return to Base and help Clent control the Ioniser, intent on digging the ice man from the glacier. Two scavengers observe their actions: the anti-technology Storr and Penley, who both live in the tundra, away from technology. When one of Arden’s team is killed in an avalanche, the other two head back to base with the ice man. Storr is also injured in the avalanche, breaking his arm.

The TARDIS arrives outside the base. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria go inside, where the Doctor senses there is something wrong. His action prevents a reactor explosion. Coupled with his scientific analysis of the current ice age – that it has been caused by a severe drop in the carbon dioxide level of the atmosphere following the wholesale extermination of plant life – Clent is persuaded of his usefulness, despite initial misgivings.

Arden and Walters reach the base with their prize. Arden sets up a device to melt the ice around the man. The Doctor examines the frozen man; as the creature’s helmet incorporates electronic parts, they determine that the "ice warrior", who has been entombed since the last ice age, is an alien being. Minutes later, an emergency meeting distracts the staff; no-one notices that the ice block has melted completely. The creature shows signs of life.

Episode Two

The creature becomes mobile, knocks Jamie unconscious and takes Victoria as a hostage.

The ioniser planning meeting is interrupted by the Doctor’s news about the warrior. He concludes that if the creature is indeed alien, there could be a spaceship powered by atomic systems under the glacier. Using the ioniser in that area could cause a massive explosion and destroy the Base. The crew are discussing this when Jamie bursts in and reports the creature has come to life and taken Victoria. An alert is issued throughout the base, but only Arden and Jamie can be spared for a search party.

The creature identifies itself to Victoria as Varga, a warrior from the planet Mars, who has indeed been frozen for millennia. He insists Victoria help him find his ship and crew. With the extra troops he can decide whether to return home or stay and conquer the Earth. Varga steals power packs from the medi-centre to revive his crew.

Penley has helped Storr back to their hideout. Storr’s injuries are so bad that Penley needs to return to the Base to steal medical supplies. He sees Varga and Victoria in the medi-centre and follows them as they leave the Base. They meet Clent before leaving. Varga leaves him unconscious and badly wounded. Penley is trying to revive Clent when the Doctor finds him. He has worked out Penley is the errant scientist. Once he is sure the Doctor is dealing with Clent, Penley leaves the Base, despite the Doctor’s protests that he is needed to help with the ioniser. When Jamie and Arden return from their search, the Doctor persuades them that, with the prospect of more than one creature buried in the glacier, they should postpone the rest of search until morning.

Meanwhile, in the glacier, Varga finds four of his frozen comrades and prepares to revive them.

Episode Three

Varga begins reviving them. It takes all night. His lieutenant, Zondal, takes the task of creating defences in their ice cave. The other Ice Warriors set about finding their craft and digging it out of the ice. Varga is seen by Penley, who is back tracking in the snow, having used the medicine on Storr. When Penley returns to Storr, he is surprised to find a visitor, Miss Garrett. She begs him to rejoin the Base's crew at this critical time. When other approaches fail, she tries to take him at gunpoint but Storr intervenes. Miss Garrett is sent away with Penley’s advice to “check the Omega Factor”. The Doctor tests the new data in simulation and proves that the ioniser can be used more effectively.

Back at the Base, Jamie and Arden are sent into the glacier, ostensibly to find the alien spacecraft rather than Victoria. They discover the Ice Warriors’ cave excavation and report back to Base. Minutes later, they are ambushed and gunned down by the Ice Warriors, who leave them for dead. Penley investigates. Arden is dead, but Jamie is still alive. Penley takes him back to his home. Storr decides to speak to the Ice Warriors himself, convinced they might be allies. Penley heads after him, warning of their ruthlessness.

Unable to contact Arden, the Base personnel assume something bad has happened. Moments later, the video link comes alive. It is Victoria, who tells them of the danger of the Ice Warriors. She is probed by Clent about the propulsion system of their ship. Zondal, concerned that Victoria will reveal their location, trains the ship's weapons on her.

Episode Four

Varga stops Zondal, hoping to eavesdrop on Victoria's conversation, learn the Base's primary concern and to use it as a weapon against them. An Ice Warrior is sent to capture Victoria again and use her as bait. The Doctor decides to go to the spaceship and rescue Victoria. Before leaving, he takes with him a phial of ammonium sulphate. It will be noxious to aliens from a nitrogen-based atmosphere such as Mars. However, Victoria flees ever deeper into the icy caves. When the Ice Warrior, Turoc, finds her he is caught in an avalanche and crushed – with Victoria alive but trapped in his dead claw.

An examination of the engines of the Martian craft shows them working, but low on fuel. When the Ice Warriors meet Storr they ignore his offers of help, especially so when he denounces scientists at the very time they want technical aid. Storr is killed but Victoria, whom he brought from the ice caves, is permitted to live.

Meanwhile Penley has found the Doctor and taken him to Jamie. He determines Jamie’s paralysis is temporary and heads off to the Martian craft. He offers himself as an envoy, leaving his communicator active so Clent can hear, and is allowed to enter the airlock. Varga, suspicious of the Doctor's claims, reduces the pressure in the airlock to zero until the Doctor explains his motives.

Episode Five

Seconds away from death, the Doctor agrees to Varga's demands. With the glacier threatening to crush the spacecraft, the Doctor gets Victoria released to him. He is less successful in persuading Varga that the ioniser is anything but a weapon against the Martians. The last thing the Doctor establishes before Varga takes the communicator is that Clent needs to use the ioniser at some point, regardless of consequences. The Doctor is marched to the core of the spacecraft, where he spots an ion propulsion system. Varga decides to attack the Base before the ioniser is used. He orders his Warriors to prepare a sonic cannon.

Penley has brought Jamie to Base on a motorised sled. Clent gives Penley a frosty reception and they bicker. Clent says he has decided to adopt the Doctor’s advice and use the ioniser, even if the computer is unconvinced of the merits. The Doctor and Penley’s new formula for ionisation has been tested in other Bases with great success and is scheduled for use in Britannicus in a few hours time.

Zondal has been given the task of arming the sonic cannon. With Varga and his other Warriors, Isbur and Rintan, focused on this attack, the Doctor and Victoria use the opportunity to release the chemical solution in Zondal’s face. The Warrior collapses, but his hand activates the sonic cannon as he falls.

Episode Six

The sonic blast triggered by Zondal causes only minor damage. Varga uses the communicator to call Clent, threatening to fire again unless the humans surrender. Clent knows the Base dome cannot survive another blast and suggests a meeting between the two sides. The Ice Warriors confront the humans in the ioniser room. The talks fail when a demented technician, Walters, tries to shoot the Martians. Varga dismantles the ioniser reactor to get the mercury isotopes he needs for his ship, not caring how this will affect the humans and the Dome. Without the ioniser, the glaciers begin to move forward.

The Doctor and Victoria adjust the Martian sonic cannon so it will harm the Ice Warriors and not the humans. Similarly, Penley, who was not in the Ioniser Room, alters the temperature and atmosphere controls in the Base to be uncomfortable for the Martians. The Doctor fires the sonic cannon, forcing Varga and his men to retreat from the Base. He fuses it before Victoria and he flee. The Doctor revives the Base staff, who were rendered unconscious by the blast, and works with Penley to recalibrate the ioniser. The computer gives a fifty-fifty chance that the ioniser will explode when trained on a spacecraft with an ion engine; Penley tells Clent to work without the advice of the computer. When the computer overloads, Penley takes charge and starts the ioniser.

The Martian craft begins to power up, but does not get far before it is destroyed by the ioniser. The ship explodes without starting a chain reaction, which solves the problem of the Ice Warriors and the glacier. Their work done, the TARDIS crew slips away.

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Working Title(s):
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Things to look out for:
■  The TARDIS doors would not be shown to open outwards again until The Eleventh Hour. In both instances the TARDIS was lying on its side (at an angle).
■  A real bear was used in specially shot film inserts (as opposed to stock footage).

Archive:
■  Episodes 1, 4, 5 & 6 exist as 16mm telerecording. Episodes 2 & 3 are missing. Can you help find the missing episodes? E-Mail Us!

Bloopers:
■  Varga's head design changes after he wakes up.
■  The TARDIS lands on its side in Episode 1, but is the right way up in Episode 6.
■  The Ice Warriors' mouths aren't in time with their words.


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The Ice Warriors Collection - [Box-set]


Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#7335)

Format: VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
RRP: £24.99
Rating: PG

Released:
9th November 1988

Notes:

Released as a two-tape set together with Doctor Who - The Missing Years, a collectors CD and a 48-page, behind-the-scenes Book, looking at the Ice Warriors' history in Doctor Who.




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Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection 4 (1967) - [Box-set]


Manufactured by: BBC Audio

Format: Audio CD
RRP: £70.00

Released: 2nd February 2012

Notes:

The Original BBC Television Soundtrack. This is a repack of the 2 x CD set from 2010 (see below). Released together with The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil Of The Daleks & The Abominable Snowmen.




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Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors


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Format:
Audio CD
RRP: £13.25

Released: 7th January 2012


Notes:

Unabridged novelisation. Read by Frazer Hines.
This is a 4 x CD set with a running time of 4 hours approx.




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The Ice Warriors


Manufactured by: BBC Audio
Format:
Audio CD
RRP: £13.99

Released: 1st August 2005


Notes:

The Original BBC Television Soundtrack. Includes bonus interview with Frazer Hines.
This is a 2 x CD set with a running time of 2 hours and 30 mins approx.




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Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors


Manufactured by: Target
Format: Paperback Book
Written by: Brian Hayles

RRP: £0.40p

Published: 18th March 1976


Notes:

No.33 in the Target Doctor Who Library.




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Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors


Manufactured by: Target
Format: Paperback Book
Written by: Brian Hayles

RRP: £0.60p

Published: 1978


Notes:

No.33 in the Target Doctor Who Library.




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Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors


Manufactured by: Target
Format: Paperback Book
Written by: Brian Hayles

RRP: £0.70p

Published: 1979


Notes:

No.33 in the Target Doctor Who Library.




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Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors


Manufactured by: BBC Books / Ebury Publishing
Format:
Paperback Book
Written by:
Brian Hayles

RRP: £4.99

Published: 10th May 2012


Notes:

Classic Doctor Who Reprint with an introduction by Mark Gatiss.



         

         

    

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