Why Moffat was against bringing back Ice Warriors for new Who

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Feb 21, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

After decades away, the Ice Warriors are coming back to Doctor Who, but it almost never happened -- and here's why!

It's well known at this point that the classic era of Doctor Who is infamous for dodgy-looking sets and laughable creatures. The creativity was there, but, alas, the budget was not. Recently, Steven Moffat sat down to do a special interview for the huge annual Who convention, Gallifrey One. One of the major topics of conversation was the Ice Warriors and how they fit into the Who canon. Turns out Moffat was not exactly a fan.

Mark Gatiss had been pitching the Ice Warriors for a while. I wasn’t tremendously persuaded. I thought they were maybe the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Who monsters: things that moved very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldn’t hear a word they said. I thought maybe that was the definitive rubbish one. But then Mark came up with a couple of very clever ideas. It’s an absolute cracker of an episode.

If you remember the Ice Warriors, they were, in fairness, a bit wobbly-looking, with these snake-like voices that you'd have to strain your ears to hear properly. As a kid, they were dead scary but, looking back, as an adult, it's hard not to laugh. It could be worse, though -- could be Vervoids or Krotons!

Moffat covers a few other notable details -- he confirms that there will be a 2013 Christmas special, and he talks about the possibility of the Masters returning (don't hold your breath). But the real story is Moffat's take on the Ice Warriors. What do you think? Did you dig the old Who baddies during the Troughton and Pertwee era?

(via Doctor Who TV)