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98. Frozen Time

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/2/18 1:28 am
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A decent enough Ice Warrior tale that finds the Ice Warriors being thawed out in an Antartic cave by the grandson of an explorer who found Silurians.

None of the guest characters or overall ideas in the story was outstanding, but it's all passable. What really does stand out is Sylvester McCoy's performance as the Doctor. He's a lot of fun and manages to pull off some truly great lines and deliver the type of biting sarcasm and authority not usually seen from this Doctor. Of all the stories where the main plot involves the Doctor getting amnesia, this is one of the few that manages not to overplay it. Overall, an enjoyable way to spend 100 minutes.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/22/17 8:33 pm
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I suppose we could trace this problem all the way back to Brian Hayles, but it really bothers me that the Ice Warriors are exactly the same over a span of millions of years. It's especially noticeable in this story. After spending millions of years frozen in ice, Arakssor awakens, contacts other Ice Warriors, and they know exactly who he is, even after all that time. And their technology never seems to change. It's hard to swallow.

This isn't a bad story. The plot is reasonably effective, although fairly conventional. The real problem is that none of the ideas fit together very well. The Doctor's amnesia is bizarrely selective. He doesn't remember his name, or what the TARDIS is, but he knows that the Ice Warriors are war criminals incarcerated in a maximum security prison. There's some stuff about global warming thrown in, but to little effect. It's basically a mindless runaround, which is fine, but you get the impression that it's supposed to be more than that.

In the CD Extras, Nick Briggs nearly has an argument with Anthony Calf over the latter's unflattering description of Lord Barset. CLearly, Barset is intended to be a sympathetic character, but it just doesn't work. His one big speech which is supposed to show that he's not such a bad guy comes across as inauthentic and entirely self-serving. Briggs clearly tried to write him as a sympathetic character, but badly missed the mark.

That's just one small point, but it's an example of why the story just doesn't work. If Barset had been a straightforward villain, he would have been a stronger character, and it could have made for a stronger story. Mirroring the aristocratic Ice Warriors with a human villain who is also an aristocrat would have worked nicely, but that might have been a bit too political.

Once again, the best thing about the story is the pseudo-companion, Genevieve, played by Maryam d'Abo. She was great, but the rest of the story is quite forgettable.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 2/17/16 11:04 am
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Some people will find this boring and for others, it will do. The Ice Warriors want to take over the planet and The Doctor has to stop them. It really is as simple as that. The sound effects are stunning and there are some good performances, but this is typical Nick Briggs fare. Mercifully, it's short. In a word, standard. Very, very standard. So what is the big deal about this? Well, the only thing I can see that makes it stand out, in any way, is The Doctor frozen in ice gimmick. The characters are generic but we get the Ice warriors back. The only villains in the known universe who can be defeated by central heating. Even the title bores me.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/18/14 2:18 pm
1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I have never took to 7th Doctor adventures easily. They somehow, through a mix of McCoy seemingly struggling over the material, and producing a lack lustre performance, or in other instances, blowing the rest of the cast away, with his sheer genius of playing the character, there is never an easy listen to a 7th Doctor for me. Then I pop in this little gem. I am struggling not for the first time to understand why people have not rated this higher than they have. It is worth a lot more than an average in my opinion of 7.2 more nearer to 9. That said although this is a good solid not going to change the world. It is however, one of the stronger stories that McCoy as been in, and, once again as recently he is not assisted by a companion, which interestingly provides once again with a strong performance. I especially like the recently woken from a self induced coma state Doctor, Sylvester has the wonderful ability to play that "is he mad" character so well, it does make you wonder!
The story made me think up until we are actually formally introduced to the baddies, that we may well have been dealing with the Silurian. But no alas they were the Ice Warriors from Mars, I suppose the licence could/will never be agreed. Never mind this still made for a fantastic little gem, and the true mark of something you enjoy, is the fact that I popped this on the IPOD and it felt like I had only been listening for half and hour, and, I was listening to the end credit music... Nice one Big Finish.