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Ice Warriors is a British game show which aired on ITV from 24 January to 21 March 1998.

Hosted by television presenter Dani Behr it had a similar format to Gladiators, except that the games were played on an ice rink rather than in an arena.

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Type: Game Show

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: None

Ice Warriors - Cold War (Doctor Who) - Netflix

“Cold War” is the eighth episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction television drama Doctor Who. It first aired on BBC One on 13 April 2013, and was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. In the episode, alien time traveller the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) land on a Soviet submarine in 1983 during the Cold War, where the Ice Warrior Grand Marshal Skaldak breaks loose and plots revenge against humanity. “Cold War” reintroduces the Ice Warriors, who were last seen in the Third Doctor serial The Monster of Peladon (1974). Bringing back the monsters was Gatiss' idea, and he convinced executive producer Steven Moffat by coming up with new things to do with them. The Ice Warriors' costume was improved but not significantly redesigned, as the production team felt they were not well known enough. The episode was filmed in June 2012 on a submarine set, as the story is a closed “base-under-siege”. “Cold War” was watched by 7.37 million viewers and received generally positive reviews from critics.

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The episode received generally positive reviews. Dan Martin of The Guardian wrote that “Cold War” was “easily the best of this new series so far, and Mark Gatiss's finest contribution yet.” He praised the reinvention of the Ice Warrior and felt that the elements came together to form a “tense, tightly wound, claustrophobic but also full of heart.” Zap2it's Geoff Berkshire said that “Cold War” was better than Gatiss' previous episodes “The Idiot's Lantern” and “Victory of the Daleks”. He praised the guest cast, but wished “their characters had a bit more meat to them.” The Independent reviewer Neela Debnath described the story as “slick and intelligent” with “cinematic aesthetics and tone.” Patrick Mulkern of Radio Times found an inconsistency with the TARDIS translation matrix, but overall was positive towards the acting, visual aspects, and story. The Daily Telegraph reviewer Gavin Fuller gave the episode four out of five stars, describing it as “finely crafted” and “thrilling.” He praised the setting and the dialogue, but felt that the Soviet characters were “perilously close to being ciphers.” Digital Spy's Morgan Jeffery awarded the episode five out of five stars, saying that it was “fresh and exciting” but also had a “wonderfully old-school tone.” He wrote that it had “one of the best guest casts to have graced Doctor Who since the show returned in 2005” and also praised the reintroduction of the Ice Warriors and the production values. Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club gave “Cold War” a grade of A, highlighting the tense atmosphere, the “bold new direction” taken with the Ice Warriors, the guest performances, and Clara's importance. Russell Lewin of SFX gave “Cold War” four out of five stars, praising the set and direction as well as the Ice Warrior. On the other hand, Lewin noted that, as a base-under-siege story, it did not play with the narrative form or “go anywhere we couldn't have predicted,” with the exception of the Ice Warrior breaking out of its suit. IGN's Mark Snow gave the episode a rating of 8.3 out of 10. Snow praised the reintroduction of the Ice Warriors and called Skaldak “the show's most memorable villain in a while, thanks to his stern, occasionally psychopathic approach to problem solving, and an environment that helped make the bulky, heavy creature design imposing rather than laughably naff.” However, he felt that some of Skaldak's effects were “laughably rubbery” and that his motivations were “psychotically random.” Tor.com reviewer Emily Asher-Perrin was more critical of the episode, pointing out that little happened. She called the pacing “sloppy” and found Skaldak to not be an interesting foe. In Doctor Who Magazine issue 460, Graham Kibble-White gave it a mixed review. He complimented the fact that “the action kicks off early - very early - and then doesn't let up”, and said the Ice Warrior redesign was "the best reinvention so far of an old Doctor Who foe, although admitting he thought it was “a shame to lose the tufts of hair around the joints”, saying they gave the Ice Warriors “a pleasing organic feel upon the shell.” He complained about the reference to the Ice Warriors' code of honour, claiming it to have always been “damnably dull.” Additionally, he disliked the revelation of Skaldak's true form, claiming it to look like “a not especially memorable CGI tortoise” and saying the BBC seems to have forgotten that “monsters are diminished when they're brought into the light”, as well as worrying that it may have been “breaking a taboo for the show”.

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