Famously recovered incomplete from the offices of BBC Enterprises in Ealing Broadway, the DVD release allowed us to complete the story using full-length animations of the two missing episodes, plus a comprehensive collection of extras.
•6x 25 mins approx monochrome episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary. For episodes 1, 4, 5, 6 with actors Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Sonny Caldinez, designer Jeremy Davies and grams operator Pat Heigham, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
Episode 2 commentary made up of original archive recordings or readings of text written by Brian Hayles, Derek Martinus, Martin Baugh, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Barkworth, Wendy Gifford and Sylvia James. Episode 3 commentary by Patrick Troughton’s son, Michael.
• Original Trailer (dur. 1’ 22”) – the original BBC trailer for the story no longer exists except as a very poor quality off-air audio recording. The trailer has been recreated for this release using animation. Optional subtitles are included, as the audio quality is very poor indeed.
• Cold Fusion (dur. 24’ 31”) – Cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Sonny Caldinez, designer Jeremy Davies and James Bresslaw, son of the late actor Bernard Bresslaw.
• Beneath the Ice (dur. 10’ 31”) - A look behind the scenes of the animated Ice Warrior episodes. Producers Chris Chapman and Niel Bushnell, together with animation director Chris Chatterton from Qurios lift the lid on the process used to bring Varga and his Warriors back to life.
• VHS Links (dur. 19’ 19” ) – the introduction to the story and linking material covering the two missing episodes, as used on the VHS release of the story in 1998. Includes the BBC Video “Adjust your tracking control” caption for a true sense of nostalgia!
• Blue Peter – Design-a-Monster (dur. 10’ 04”) – the competition launch and subsequent winners of the 1967 Design-a-Monster competition, which ran during the transmission of The Ice Warriors.
• Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines part two (dur. 13’ 48”) - the second part of this interview with Frazer Hines shot in 2004 for ‘The Story of Doctor Who’ looks at his later appearances in the series.
• Plus of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Gallery.
Copyright Steve Roberts, 9 April 2016. No reproduction allowed without written permission.