Sylvester McCoy is on good form in this story. He performs well with or without a companion and was in an unusual position in this story in that he was the one being rescued and not the rescuer. Its nice to see how McCoy’s Doctor would interact with the Ice Warriors and it was a refreshing adventure. Without Ace of Hex it falls on Maryam d’Abo to play the stand in companion. In this story she plays Genevieve who is a woman who is very stem at the beginning but by the end of episode four she has a new found sense of respect for the Doctor. Anthony Calf does a very good job in this story as Lord Barset. It’s hard to have a definitive point of view of him. I wasn’t quite sure whether to hate him for what he has done or whether to feel sorry for him. Esther way it’s because of Calf s acting that we have a character that isn’t boring or wasted. Greg Newton is very good as Ben who acts like he could be a companion. Then we have Tony Milian who stars as Professor McIntyre and the Gwynn Beech who plays Harman. Both of these characters whilst not the most important ones do play a part in this story and are likeable characters and are well acted.
Nicholas Briggs has managed to maintain his successful writing form with this adventure. There is the build up to the revelation of the Ice Warriors which (night have been the peak but the enjoyment just carried on and the plot never got tiresome and all the characters were spot on. Barnaby Edwards has done a brilliant job with this story creating an atmosphere that just hits the right note and makes you believe that all these characters are stranding in the middle of nowhere. I know that there has only been one other Ice Warrior story but whilst Red Dawn wasn’t a bad story there were faults and Frozen Time is the better story I think that with this story has so much going for it that it could be in contention for story of the year. The surprise return of the Ice Warriors isn’t the main selling point what there is a collection of well written and well acted characters along with some superb music and sound effects from Steve Foxon and also brilliant job from Mr. Edwards adds to the reason for this great story.
After all this just three words will sum up my feeling for this story, Buy it now!