The Ice Warriors


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The Ice Warriors

Serial Code


First Transmitted

11 November 1967

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Regular Cast

Patrick Troughton (Dr Who), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Debbie Watling (Victoria)

Guest Cast

Wendy Gifford (Miss Garrett), Peter Barkworth (Clent), George Waring (Arden) [1-3], Malcolm Taylor (Walters) [1, 5-6], Peter Diamond (Davis), Angus Lennie (Storr) [1-4], Peter Sallis (Penley), Roy Skelton (Voice of Computer) [1-2, 5], ICE WARRIORS: Bernard Bresslaw (Varga, the Ice Warrior / Varga, the Leader)*, Roger Jones (Zondal) [3-6], Sonny Caldinez (Turoc) [3-4], Tony Harwood (Rintan) [3-6], Michael Attwell (Isbur) [3-6].


Written by Brian Hayles
Directed by Derek Martinus
Produced by Innes Lloyd


The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Earth in the far future to find that the planet is in the grip of a second ice age. Scientific outposts are scattered across the globe, fighting desperately against advancing glaciers that threaten to send the world back into prehistory.

When a huge armoured figure is discovered buried in the ice, a force more deadly than the ice floes is unleashed – Varga, a Martian Warrior, whose craft crash-landed centuries ago. Reviving his crew, he aims to conquer Earth in the name of Mars.

With power at the outpost sinking to dangerously low levels, it falls to The Doctor to try to save humanity – not only from the warmongering Ice Warriors, but from the barely checked powers of the relentless glaciers.


  • First appearance of the Ice Warriors however they return in The Seeds of Death, The Curse of Peladon, The Monster of Peladon, Warmonger, Red Dawn, Mission to Magnus, Legacy, GodEngine and The Dying Days.
  • Episodes 2 and 3 are missing but audio recordings and telesnaps exist. Soundtrack released as part of the BBC Radio Collection.
  • The surviving episodes have been released on video with a limited reconstruction of the missing parts.
  • Novelised as Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors by Brian Hayles.
  • The scripts of the missing episodes are available on the Scripts Project page.
  • A photonovel of the story is available on the BBC Doctor Who website.
  • Fan-produced photovideo reconstructions of the missing episodes have been made by Joint Venture and by Loose Cannon Productions.
  • Doctor Who Magazine Archive: Issue #303.
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