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Mark Gatiss Wants More Ice Warriors – So Do We!

The latest Doctor Who Magazine features a preview of the new Ice Warriors episode, Cold War, and writer Mark Gatiss is clearly excited by his rebirth of the classic monsters!

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Speaking to DWM, the magazine observes that Gatiss “steeped himself” in the known history of the Ice Warriors, mainly established in throwaway lines, spin-off media and various art books from the 1980s.

There are factions. There’s a peace faction and a war faction… All I knew for certain was that I had to give him an Ice Warrior name. Something Vikingy. Make Skaldak like a Roman general.

Some of the dialogue in Gatiss’ episode refers to intriguing Martian events, clever one-liners that are as memorable as Russell T Davies various mentions of the Time War.

I’d love to do more with them now they’re back… Mars is under-explored in Doctor Who. I want to see the class system, the Phobos Heresy, the Olympian caste, all the things that we’re hinting at in Cold War. I want to see Martian society. Whether it’s 5,000 years ago or 15,000 years in the future, it’s a whole new world to explore.

The Ice Warriors are back where they belong, and I’m thrilled.

So are we, Mr Gatiss – let’s hope that they’re back soon!



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