(A delayed post – I started writing this last year, then suddenly it’s the day before a new Ice Warrior story. So here it is with a quick final edit, for those of you who want a taster for what went before.)
Given they only ever had four televised stories (until tomorrow), it says a lot about the Ice Warriors that 38 years after their last televised adventure, they are still a popular alien race. They’ve been given a lot of life beyond those original TV tales with numerous appearances in comics, novels, and audio plays. Here I’ll just concentrate, in as non-spoilery a way as possible, on their televised appearances.
I think the key to the Ice Warriors’ popularity is that they are a rare race within the Doctor Who universe in that their plans and motivations are different in each of the stories in which they featured. While Daleks and Cybermen have more appearances, their stories are substantially less varied – those creations stopped being a race of aliens and became monsters – whereas the Ice Warriors changed organically over the course of their stories. Continue reading