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Back and Bland

By:Clive Wright, Jersey
Date:Saturday 20 December 2003
Rating:   5

The Ice warriors were always one of those monsters that like the sontarans looked great but never really had the stories that made them Daleks or Cybermen.

I'm afriad this is like the rest of them. The pace is slow the plot a little weak. At the end not much has really happened

Decent Story Wonky Science

By:David Layton, Los Angeles
Date:Wednesday 16 August 2006
Rating:   6

The Doctor Who byproducts have tended to be heavily revisionist, and this is no different. Granted, Brian Hayles expanded the range of possibility for the Ice Warriors during the Pertwee years, but that was to make them more three-dimensional. Justin Richards has returned them to one-dimensionality, albeit a different dimension. So, instead of ruthless militarism, we get long and shallow conversations about honor. The other major problem with this story is the dreadful science. Even if one could graft alien and human DNA into a workable being, DNA does not transfer learned traits. This theory of inherited acquired knowledge is the old long-disproved Lamarckian theory of evolution. The knowledge of how to ride a bicycle does not genetically transfer from parent to child, and neither can one be born with the ability to operate Martian technology simply because one has some Martian DNA. Those two problems aside, the story does have some redeeming features. Peri is made to be braver and more intelligent than in the TV series, to the better of story. The Ice Warriors too, though a little single-minded, are in no way stupid. The rocket science is more accurate than the biological science. There is some good dialogue and a few snappy lines.

A Different Atmosphere

By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Tuesday 9 January 2007
Rating:   6

What I found interesting about Red Dawn is that in its use of the Ice Warriors, what it gives us is an alien force rather than an enemy or a monster. By this I mean that rather than being simply evil, aggressive or militant, the Ice Warriors here are truly alien. Rather than simply rampaging around destroying things, which they have the power to do, the Ice Warriors are shown to have their own kind of intelligence and culture. They are shown to have the capacity for civil dialogue, but their motivations and values are unpredictably alien, and this, combined with the power they wield, makes them edgy and dangerous.

Not a fantastic story, but somewhat fresh and different in its approach, and thus, a worthwhile listen.


By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 12 March 2008
Rating:   10

The ice warriors, in the annals of doctor who history, are one of the most interesting races. You never know wether they are gonna be good as gold or a black hearted as hell. They have a civilisation, not just a cry of exterminate or you will be like us. The ice warriors are a noble race, one of the best alien sects created for doctor who, and they lookm fantastic too on screen and just sound cool on audio as well. The ice warriors are also one of the only monsters to have ever scared me as a child. The seeds of death freaked me out when i first saw it, and its still a brilliant yarn now, and the Monster Of Peladon is one of the best stories ive ever seen or heard. And Red Dawn continues the tradition and development of this truly great race of green reptiles. Here they are noble and peaceful, but attack only in defence of their honour. Its all human evil in this one again. The worst evil out there too of course. Georgia Moffett is great int his story. Peter Davison is also great as usual. Rob Jezek as Lee Forbes is cool, but not a patch on Frobisher, but he still never lets the story down in any of the adventures he's in. This is a great tale of honour and glory Peri gets a bit more to do for once too. Great stuff!

A nice look at Ice warrior culture

By:John Saltzburg, Philadelphia PA USA
Date:Thursday 14 January 2010
Rating:   7

As is often the case with Dr who you have to suspend scientific beleifs. such is the case here (the blended ice warrior human). I am a fan of these seldom used monsters (some are villians and others are noble) in this case the latter. SPOILER below stop now if you don't want to know. Overall it's not a bad story but you can also tell it's an early BF,

a human is the real villian here and the basic plot is an attack on corporate greed much like Green death

Great monster return..

By:Andrew Shaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Date:Sunday 27 June 2010
Rating:   10

A really good story it kept me glued to the Hi Fi while listening return of the Ice Warriors was great and it didnt do them any injustices..

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