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April 14th, 2013 163 comments

What Did You Think of The Doctor Who Episode Cold War?

What Did You Think of Doctor Who – Cold War?

The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths.

An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!

Now that the 3rd episode of series 7b has aired in the UK what did you think?, was it the best episode ever or just average.





163 comments

  • ROB STATE

    April 20th, 2013 - 2:09pm

    Cold War was frustrating in some ways. the scene was set up perfectly, seeing the ice warrior smash out of the block of ice, was genuinely thrilling, and the atmosphere spot on. but although i loved the fact the ice warrior escaped his armour, the rubber hand on the characters heads was very poor, it looked like something you would expect from 1980s Who, and surely it could have been realised in a more convincing manner?
    i could have forgiven Gatiss everything if the ending had been half decent. series 7b so far has lacked real punches in this area, Even with the limits of a 40 minute episode, they should all incorporate – a double kick ending, where you think its been solved,but, then the rug is pulled from under the character’s feet again….it’s just been too easy, and too much sonic screwdriver. but i live in hope it can only get better, as far as im concerned.

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  • CG

    April 18th, 2013 - 11:10am

    Did the sonic screwdriver actually turn red (red setting) during the late section of the episode or was it just the light of the submarime.

    If so, awesome, they might release a revised 11th doctors sonic with red setting.

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    • Tardisn’t

      April 18th, 2013 - 9:25pm

      it did go red, yes.

  • joe smith

    April 18th, 2013 - 5:38am

    Good Episode… any show with out Amy pond is a good episode.

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    • block

      April 19th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      i quite liked amy pond but the new actor is awesome!!!

  • Dalek Smith

    April 17th, 2013 - 8:57pm

    everything good except the finish that is the trouble with modern who too much stuff not enough time we need to go back to classic roots and have more time to explain things and have good endings

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  • time and relotive dimens

    April 17th, 2013 - 5:17pm

    it was boring.

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    • Anonymous

      April 20th, 2013 - 10:57am

      I agreee

  • rt

    April 17th, 2013 - 12:50pm

    “Hungry Like the Wolf”! (Perhaps the “BAD WOLF”!)

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    • Tony Who

      April 18th, 2013 - 7:03am

      I think the Bad Wolf is gone. No more Rose, no more the 10th.

    • cyberman2

      April 19th, 2013 - 5:53pm

      wrong the 10th doctor and rose are coming back for the 50th anniversary special but i don’t think they’re doing bad wolf anymore

  • Onewar

    April 17th, 2013 - 12:27am

    I thought it was terrible. I think that if doctor who doesnt change now, its going down hill. I think it has lost its spark and the quirkiness that matt smith had with karen and arthur has gone. And the Clara mystery, i mean come on! they are gonna go on forever with it but we need to realise that its not gonna be able to go on forever

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  • im not here

    April 16th, 2013 - 6:57pm

    My reaction⊙⊙
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    • im not here

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:57pm

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    • im not here

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:58pm

      ⊙⊙

      OMG

  • Joanne D

    April 16th, 2013 - 6:34pm

    In my opinion series 3 with Martha was the best – in terms of the quality of writing. You can’t even compare these new episodes with stories like the Shakespeare Code and Human Nature…it’s shocking how poor the writing, directing and editing has become.

    This episode was way too cliche. If I had never seen any Doctor Who before this, I might have enjoyed it. But RTD managed to pack excitement and heart-breaking emotion into consistently good plots. Excellent directing. No loose ends. This series just cannot compare 🙁

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    • Doctor Stu

      April 16th, 2013 - 8:48pm

      I agree, i watched bad wolf and the parting of the ways yesterday and noticed how amazing they are compared to series 7

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 17th, 2013 - 3:01pm

      I think RTD started out alright, but from Series 2 on, for every Human Nature or Doomsday, there was at least two Love and Monsters and Fear Hers. As for the Moffat era, I think for every Almost People there was at least two or three Pandorica Opens and Vincent and the Doctors. In other words, I think the story quality has improved since Moffat took over and Series 5 is my favorite season, Classic or New.

    • MaxP

      April 18th, 2013 - 3:12am

      Vincent and the Doctor was fantastic, I’m amazed people don’t like it.

    • Scott the Vigil

      April 29th, 2013 - 7:56am

      In my opinion, Series Two was the best. RTD was so awesome.it would be good if he and SM co-wrote the 50th.

  • John Smith

    April 16th, 2013 - 2:30pm

    The Cold War is by far the best episode of this series to date but it did have it’s cons. I found the creature inside of the Ice Warrior’s armour (even though we haven’t seen all of it) to be kind of silly. The outside of the Ice Warriors are big and tough and yet the creature inside is a long fingered, oddly shaped lizard of some kind. It’s kind of underwhelming. Almost like one of the Martians from War of the Worlds. Ha, isn’t that funny? I was hoping that underneath the armour would be a big hulking brute (a green sontaran of sorts) but instead It’s just another Dalek. A tiny little bloke sitting inside a big suit of awesome! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Daleks but I honestly just think that the Daleks and ONLY the Daleks should be that kind of enemy. The Ice Warriors deserve more. They shouldn’t be crawling up ceilings and grabbing people by the heads, they should be pounding through walls and being proper warriors! Where is the honour behind all these legends of the tall, green warriors from the snow capped plains of mars when really they are just another blob in a suit?

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    • doctorwhoxxxxxxxxxxxx

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:12pm

      it was alright not great i didnt think it had a great story line to be honest they should do an eposoide where time catches up with reality and all the comapions (most of them) and they help fight all the creatures that there have been that will be awesome.

    • doctorwhoxxxxxxxxxxxx

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:15pm

      they should do an eposode when river and the doctor get married but something goes wrong…. dont know what but something

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 17th, 2013 - 3:03pm

      I think it might be the best story of the season so far, and doctorwhoxxxxxxxxxxxx, that kinda already happened in The Wedding of River Song, only something went wrong before they got married.

  • lepter

    April 15th, 2013 - 11:04pm

    I have too say that for me was one of the best mat smith episodes so far. They did the ice warriors proud. They stuck to the past ethos. Kept the ice warrior as the bad guy but showed a good side to them, (same as in the pertwee era) Im glad they developed the alien a bit, didnt show the complete alien inside the suit but showed us the face. My only quibbles were the apparent ability of the tardis to translate from the other side of the planet and the glib ending, (any chance of a lift, (chortle chortle went the russian cold war submariners) This is the cold war, in a russian sub! wouldnt the russians wonder why one of there nuclear missile carrying subs suddenly went awol across the planet. However..I REALLY ENJOYED THIS EPISODE!
    You can tell mark gattis is a classic fan. Keep it up mark!

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  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    April 15th, 2013 - 4:59pm

    Despite what Joseph Kerr wrote earlier, I’m actually rather glad we finally know what an Ice Warrior actually looks like under the helmet.

    It’s not every day you get to see what a particular villain looks like underneath their helmet / mask, like if you take Darth Vader for example, how many fan’s surely must have been dead excited about seeing Anakin Skywalker’s face underneath that mask, probably imagining an evil being underneath, only to find a sad old man who looked like he would not hurt a fly with a head that over time ended up looking like an egg with a crack at the top and looking somewhat grey in colour.

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      April 15th, 2013 - 5:02pm

      Thinking about it, I would also if they filmed this scene that was never shown in ‘The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End’ which would have shown Julian Bleach as a pre-accident Davros in a flashback sequence, cos if they did film it but never used it then I think it’s time it got posted onto YouTube, and should have been used as a DVD extra for the series 4 boxset, I would have loved to have seen that 😀

    • lepter

      April 15th, 2013 - 11:03pm

      I have too say that for me was one of the best mat smith episodes so far. They did the ice warriors proud. They stuck to the past ethos. Kept the ice warrior as the bad guy but showed a good side to them, (same as in the pertwee era) Im glad they developed the alien a bit, didnt show the complete alien inside the suit but showed us the face. My only quibbles were the apparent ability of the tardis to translate from the other side of the planet and the glib ending, (any chance of a lift, (chortle chortle went the russian cold war submariners) This is the cold war, in a russian sub! wouldnt the russians wonder why one of there nuclear missile carrying subs suddenly went awol across the planet. However..I REALLY ENJOYED THIS EPISODE!
      You can tell mark gattis is a classic fan. Keep it up mark!

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 17th, 2013 - 3:05pm

      I think it’s my second or third favorite Smith episode, outclassed only by The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and maybe Vincent and the Doctor.

  • Harold Saxon

    April 15th, 2013 - 1:10pm

    This episode was really good,great cast & i loved the return of the ice warrior,well done all.

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  • The Supreme Dalek

    April 14th, 2013 - 7:02pm

    In my opinion, the only word I can use to describe “Cold War” is BRILLIANT. I had never seen an episode with the Ice Warrior before, and I thought Skaldak was awesome and at some moments freaky, like when his hands came down from the ceiling.
    I also loved the theme of the episode; it was in a submarine! The episode has made me more interested in them now. Anyway, the only thing I was dissapointed in was that I thought Clara would get lost/trapped in the submarine and The Doctor trying to find her, but oh well, the episode was still fantastic! 😀 10/10

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  • Joseph Kerr

    April 14th, 2013 - 5:13pm

    Well, at least we can all agree that this was a better episode than Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

    But personally, I think they ruined it when they revealed the actual Martian creature…

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    • Geronimo2605

      April 14th, 2013 - 6:11pm

      Ice Warriors!!!!

    • Joseph Kerr

      April 14th, 2013 - 10:43pm

      Yes, I know 🙂

      Personally, I think the actual image of an Ice Warrior underneath the armour should be left to speculation, rather than just show us.

      I mean, they never did that in the classic series…

    • daryl

      April 15th, 2013 - 7:31pm

      yes it is yet another great dw mystery ruined like who riversong was i just hope they never reveal the doctors name!

    • John Smith

      April 16th, 2013 - 2:33pm

      They better damn well not!!! If they do I think that about 95% of the world’s Dr Who fans will want to give Moffat a big slap to the face!

    • Joanne D

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:44pm

      It’s interesting actually. The Doctor in the original series was referred to by part of his his name (or nickname). You can go on the guide to have a look. (I won’t tell you in case you don’t want to know 🙂 It does suit him though). Although to be fair, it is never confirmed as his true, original name.

  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    April 14th, 2013 - 5:03pm

    also, when the spaceship came all the humans didn’t marvel much over it, and they didn’t even watch to see it fly away! also, the crew could still have russian accents, and the doctor can call the TARDIS via the sonic.

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  • LEWIS

    April 14th, 2013 - 3:19pm

    this one was ok but the thing that gave it a downer for me was when Skaldak cam out of his shell I thought his arms were last miniut low budget and realy chesy I mean they just looked rubish

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    • McGann is the Doctor

      April 14th, 2013 - 3:27pm

      Those arms were creepy at first, but they got overused.

      Okay Gatiss, it was scary the first time, you were pushing it the 2nd time, now it just looks silly.

      But the bare Ice Warrior face, I thought , was creepy.

      However, atleast the hands looked alien, they were long and only had two fingers, they don’t look like gloves, you know ? 😉

  • dalek eternal

    April 14th, 2013 - 2:33pm

    loved this episode it was fantastic but has anyone noticed that theres been two episodes in a row involving songs i wonder if its linked to river song

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    • McGann is the Doctor

      April 14th, 2013 - 3:19pm

      That does beg the question, would Russian sumariners of the cold war had access to western music ? I find that a tad unbelievable, never mind that we have a monster who is/isn’t a cyborg.

    • 47

      April 14th, 2013 - 4:31pm

      Western music had already started to penetrate Eastern Europe in the early 80’s. Therefore, during 1984, Iron Maiden began to play “Behind The Iron Curtain” through the Eastern Bloc, at the Height of the Cold War. Playing in, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary, becoming the first major Western band to do so.

    • rt

      April 17th, 2013 - 12:43pm

      Ah, she was singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” (perhaps the “BAD WOLF”!)

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 17th, 2013 - 3:07pm

      River Song could be the “blonde girl in the shop” mentioned by Clara in The Bells of St. John!

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