|Eighth Doctor Adventures|
Millions of years ago, the noble Ice Warriors fled to Deimos, moon of Mars, hoping to sit out the radioactive death throes of their home planet. When the TARDIS lands on Deimos, the Doctor discovers that the Warriors' ancient catacombs are now a popular stop for space tourists.
But the Martian dynasties are more than history, and the Warriors are far from extinct. It's not for nothing that 'Deimos' is the ancient word for 'dread'
Paul McGann (The Doctor), David Warner (Professor Boston Schooner), Nicky Henson (Gregson Grenville), Susan Brown (Margaret), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Temperance Finch), Nick Wilton (Harold), Nicholas Briggs (The Ice Warriors), Jack Brown (Pilot)
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Tamsin has fast become a new favourite. Loved David Warner in this. All becoming very serial drama...
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It is generally accepted that continuing returning monsters like the Ice Warriors can lose their impact and threat over time. So Jonathan Morris being the genius he is decides to use this as a set-up for the return of the Ice Warriors in this story. What we then get is a naive world forced to wake up and ends up performing very extreme and drastic actions. Finch in any other environment would be a stereotypical grunt, but here her actions are believable if unsympathetic - a testament to the writing and Oberman's severe performance.
She is but one major highlight. Warner is always good value for money and the changes his character undergoes are intriguing to say the least. Henson is likable and provides most of the laughs, while Hilton and Brown make a great double act. Briggs is also suitably menacing as the Ice Warriors and lends a welcome air of tension whenever they appear - the hostage situation is very clasutrophobic.
Despite the intenseness of the plot, there is plenty of fun to be had especially when the Doctor and Tamsin explore the museums of Deimos, with a terrific rapport between McGann and Wardley. Wardley finally comes into her own and feels like a proper companion; perfect timing considering the dramatic possibilities suggested by the ending...
Really enjoyable story with plenty of plot threads dangling to keep the audience eager for the next episode, as well as a terrific cliffhanger...