Forecast: Ice in November
The most exciting IW news of 1998 was the
announcement that The Ice Warriors, the first IW story, would be released to video. Made during the fifth
season of Doctor Who, The Ice Warriors
starred Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, Frazer Hines
as Jamie and Deborah Watling as Victoria. Guest starring in the story was Peter Barkworth
as Clent, Peter Sallis as Penley and Bernard Bresslaw as Varga, the leader of the Ice
Released in November to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who, The Ice Warriors Collection
included the video, a booklet about the Ice Warriors, a CD of the audio track of episodes
Two and Three and The Missing Years, a bonus video featuring
clips from lost Doctor Who adventures such as Galaxy
4, The Smugglers, Evil of the Daleks and Fury from the Deep along
with a near complete Hartnell/Troughton regeneration scene and Episode Three of The
The job of preparing The Ice Warriors for
video release fell to the Doctor Who
Restoration Team. The Team used modern equipment and their considerable talents to
restore the thirty-one year old Ice Warrior serial back to its original look and sound.
They also created links for episodes Two and Three, which no longer exist, using screen
text, telesnaps and voice-over narration. The Team also worked their magic on the various
clips included in The Missing Years video.
The Ice Warriors Collection was
released in the UK on 3 November 1998 by BBC Video.
We here at IW News
would like to thank the BBC for giving the Doctor such an "ice" 35th Anniversary
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Caldinez as Kemmel
Sonny For Two Days At Peladon
On November 21 and 22 the Basildon Sports Centre in Essex played host to Peladon
98, a Doctor Who and Blake's 7 convention. Amongst the many guests at Peladon
was Sonny Caldinez who played an Ice Warrior four times on television.
Caldinez's first role in Doctor
Who was as Kemmel in the Troughton
adventure The Evil of the Daleks. Later that same year, director Derek
Martinus cast Caldinez as Turoc, one of the frozen Martians in The Ice Warriors. The actor donned Martian armor
three more times over the next seven years, playing an Ice Warrior in every IW story, including his largest
role as Ssorg in The Curse of Peladon.
Sonny Caldinez's credits include part in the films Arabian
Adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Fifth Element. He also
appeared in The Return of Sherlock Holmes television series.
Ice on the Poll
In June, Doctor Who Magazine Issue
265 printed the results of a reader's poll that ranked the Doctor's television stories and
his adventures in the Virgin novels. Overall the Ice Warrior stories did well,
placing high in their respective categories. One IW
even story made it to the top ten on its list, while another came out near the bottom.
Details are printed below:
The Televised Stories:
Out of a 165 Doctor Who stories (167 if you include Shada and Dimensions
in Time as some voters did) The Ice Warriors
were thawed out at number 29, The Curse of Peladon
was revealed at 66, The Seeds of Death
burst onto the list at 93, while The Monster of
Peladon lumbered in last at number 135. It was probably the heat in the mines.
The New Adventures:
Virgin carried Doctor Who into the 90s with 61 NA novels. The
fans put The Dying Days on the calendar at
number 3, Legacy received the number 20
position and GodEngine materialized at
number 42. Dying Days author Lance Parkin also grabbed another top spot with his
novel Just War, which came in at number 2.
Mission to Magnus
along with The Nightmare Fair and The Ultimate Evil from Target Books'
"The Missing Episodes" series were not included in the ranking.