When the classic DOCTOR WHO story “The Ice Warriors” is released on DVD this Aug. 26, fans will see the whole story — including the missing episodes two and three! How? Via the magic of animation, of course.
Several classic stories with missing chapters have been reconstructed using new animation drawn to match existing sound recordings (the recent “The Reign of Terror” being the latest). And now Patrick Troughton and the Martian lizards are getting the animated treatment.
Here is a work-in-progress clip:
The revitalized chapters were animated by Qurios Entertainment, which brings a slightly more cartoonish quality to the drawings, but I think they fit the story, and will remind American audiences of the hysterical ARCHER. The choice of animation house was not merely an economic decision; it was a creative one, according to DVD producer Dan Hall, Managing Director of Pup Ltd Media:
“DOCTOR WHO has had many different visual styles thanks to changing directors, designers and production methods. We wanted to mirror this in our choice of animation partner. We’ve been discussing the various ways Qurios could reconstruct these episodes for over three years. So it’s really, really satisfying to finally see them animated. Qurios have a great track record in excellent and innovative animations.”
I cannot wait to watch the restored version of this 1967 Second Doctor classic!
Plus, speaking of watching, let’s not forget that for the first time since 1974, the Native Martians will be back in live action on our TVs in just a few short weeks! The second half of series seven resumes March 30, and the Ice Warriors will be featured in the third episode of series 7b. The story stars David Warner and was written by Mark Gatiss, who said:
“I’ve always loved the iconic Ice Warriors, and have been badgering to bring them back for ages. And now they’re on a ssssssubmarine! With Russians! I’m a very happy anorak right now.”