Loved this episode. Best return of a classic monster since the 'Dalek' episode and it kind of felt more like Dr Who rather than the Funny-Space-Wizard-and-his-wand of the previous two episodes. Great premise done well and a homage to classics like The Thing and Alien. Looks like we'll have to spend next weeks episode behind the sofa also
Throughly enjoyed this episode. Felt like a return to classic Who. Thumbs up.
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace. We've got work to do."
Best Mark Gatiss by far. Not sure they should have shown his head in full light - I can see why they kept him mostly off camera when out of the suit - they're just not that good at CGI yet in the UK. However, that being said - it's Who, so SFX are the least important part. Good characters, good story, nice classic monster return - and with such a speedy rescue (obviously they have FTL communication - which somehow also produces radio waves that can be picked up on walkmans) - a possibility of more Ice Warriors in the future (but then they'd be mad to have spent so much money on the wonderful armour, and use it for only one episode). Also - David Warner! Everything is better with David Warner in it.
"This is my timey wimey detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."
It was okay. Gatiss, for all he loves Who, isn't my favourite show author. I think "Idiot's Lantern" was a better episode than this one. Got the impression they'd spent too long on the setting and the guest actors than they had actually working through the story.
I did like the "But I don't speak Russian" bit, and the Ice Warrior (until the head reveal, that was "Oh, look, Sanctuary-grade SFX"). The ship is becoming a bit BBC-standard-issue - very similar designs in SJA and Wizards vs. Aliens.
It was the first episode of New Who my wife has watched. I've tried to reassure her that they're not all that bad.
I do agree with Curufea, though - everything's better with David Warner in it.
Just remember who’s standing in your way, remember every black day I ever stopped you and then—AND THEN—do the smart thing: let somebody else try first.