It’s been almost 40 years since the legendary Doctor Who villains, the Ice Warriors, have shown their scaly, cold-blooded faces on the series. The BBC plans to bring back the sought-after scoundrels in 2013 for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special led by new Doctor Matt Smith.
In the 50th anniversary episode, the Ice Warriors will be the first creatures to encounter the Time Lord’s new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), following her Christmas Day special premiere episode. Mark Gatiss, who plays Mycroft Holmes on Sherlock and is the series co-creator with Steven Moffat, will also write the episode. According to sources…
“Who fans have been crying out for the return of the Ice Warriors. Now they’ve got their wish. “It’s going to be an exciting year with the 50th anniversary celebrations.”
The Ice Warriors are a race of reptilian-like humanoids that stand 7-feet tall who originated on Mars. They first appeared in 1967 where they first encountered by the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions Jameie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling). They got the name “Ice Warriors” from a scientist team on Earth when they discovered their spacecraft incased in a glacier during a new ice age. They have since appeared in numerous Doctor Who novels and radio shows throughout the years and gained the title of “fan favorite” because of their amazing armor and long absence from the series.
The last time these half-reptile and half-humans appeared on Doctor Who was back in 1974 when the late Jon Pertwee played the Doctor.