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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.


  • No.1 fan

    April 14th, 2013 - 2:30pm

    Maybe I should look back on every episode with Clara (oswin) Oswald in it in search of a play on words

  • Anonymous

    April 14th, 2013 - 2:01pm

    Well it was all right… I’m sure that the next one’s going to be better, though
    : )

  • Anonymous

    April 14th, 2013 - 1:39pm

    It was really good. Though I don’t think that it was a good idea to slip in an easily- solved ending – surely if you came across an ice warrior with a growing greed for revenge reasoning with it wouldn’t help?

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 14th, 2013 - 12:50pm

    i thought the start of this episode just moved 2 fast i had to watch it 2 times to c if i missed some-thing at the start(if that makes sense) but who agress with me about the start xx πŸ˜‰

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 1:41pm

      Yeah. Suddenly the doctor and Clara appear and help them as they sink just in time. I mean, how did they even know?

    • McGann is the Doctor

      April 14th, 2013 - 3:21pm

      I agree, the start was even more rushed than Dinosaurs on a spaceship. You have the Doctor yelling, the russians yelling, clara yelling, and camera shaking, a barbie doll, water gushing in all over the place.etc

      I said to my dad “I can’t get a word out of this.” Infact, all I could make out was “Viva Las Vegas !”

  • olletsoc

    April 14th, 2013 - 12:14pm

    This episode was OK, there are a few flaws though.
    1) They had David Warner…DAVID WARNER, and he only had a relatively small part. If you’re going to get an actor like David Warner…give him a bigger part than a measley proffessor!
    2) The ice warrior took its helmet off. That kind of ruined the mystery for me, considering it looked basically like a silurian. The CGI for the ice warrior’s ‘true form’ was absolutely terrible. It looked like something from a cheap CBBC show. It should’ve been prosthetic makeup.

    Story was alright though. 6/10

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 2:07pm

      I agree.
      The arms should’ve been the only part of its body that it visible when it takes off its armour. Also, as 3) you should add that the ending was similar to that of the power of three: he has a long conversation with this creature and then the rest is piece of cake. It would be an improvement if the ice warrior dies but the doctor finds out that he is still alive once he leaves the sub- or something like that.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      April 14th, 2013 - 3:23pm

      I thought the CG face looked great, how lame would it have been to just see those cheap prosphetic hands that everyone says are so “Delightfully fake like classic Doctor Who”

      I resent that statement, classic who may have looked foney at times but they ALWAYS tried to be as convincing and wierd as possible, 21st century who should never try to be fake on purpose ❗

  • Raaqia Qazi

    April 14th, 2013 - 11:47am

    Oh hey, me again. Guys this episode was great but keep your heads up because i’m pretty sure that 2013 is gonna give us MORE excitement. But I wonder what 2014 will brng? No point wondering now. But theres a question to keep you nattering.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      April 14th, 2013 - 3:24pm

      I’m scared that 2014 will be another 2012, it will feel empty and pointless, like “Where do we go after that AMAZING last chapter ?” They will have to take Matt’s Doctor in a radical new direction, don’t try to out-perform the previous chapter, just try something different, maybe something slower ❓

  • Raaqia Qazi

    April 14th, 2013 - 11:44am

    It was great considering the plot and action and Skaldak ( who was freaky but awesome ) but the sub woud’ve exploded because of the depth and everything. Plus I don’t exactly LIKE Mark Gaties instead of Steven Moffat.

    I also don’t think it was a GREAT idea to show the face of an ice warrior, plainly because people could of imagined it for their selves and maybe woud’ve kept it more interesting.

    But, hey… this is Doctor Who. How can I NOT love it.

  • lobster

    April 14th, 2013 - 11:18am

    great story but it had its flaws.
    1. the doctor and clara are wet and are able to stand in the freezing cold arctic at the end

    2.the submarine should have exploded under the pressure at that depth when it was flooding with water. did the doctor and clara speak Russian when the TARDIS was at the south pole.

    but overall it was a very good story

    • stick of celery

      April 14th, 2013 - 12:38pm

      do you know in the christmas invasion. the TARDIS was their on the ship but the sycorax was still speaking alien. But when the doctor woke up the sycorax spoke english.

    • bow ties are cool xxx

      April 14th, 2013 - 12:58pm

      stick of celery
      every 1 who watched that episode knows that

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 1:42pm

      Yeah. The doctor is connected to the tardis- river, also, as she is a child of the tardis

  • purpugilliam247

    April 14th, 2013 - 11:07am

    i just notest that at the end when Clara sang hungry like a wolf skaldak stoped the countdown…thingy and before he told clara that his dauter sang soooo there might be a connection?

    • purpugilliam247

      April 14th, 2013 - 11:08am

      i also loved the 80s songs

  • Clocky

    April 14th, 2013 - 10:58am

    After last weeks car crash of an episode, I really enjoyed this episode. Lets hope that next weeks is better still πŸ™‚

  • The Casterline

    April 14th, 2013 - 10:12am

    The one thing I didn’t like was the head it looked like something out of a cartoon from the 80s, or a piece of Broccoli…

  • Kroton

    April 14th, 2013 - 10:04am

    I know it sounds sort of silly, but I LOVE the way they have shown the dates/places in the past few episodes, such as where it says the place at the start of this in the ice. I think they are all just very clever and they don’t stand out too much so you aren’t just focused on that!
    Does anyone else agree?

    • MaxP

      April 16th, 2013 - 12:14am

      def agree. Very nice!

  • Whovian

    April 14th, 2013 - 9:58am

    the TARDIS translated Russian for Clara but in the rings of Akhaten she couldn’t understand the Aliens

    • thea astronaut of death

      April 14th, 2013 - 10:10am

      probably because all the aliens spoke in lots of different languages

      so the tardis might have just stuck to English

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 2:11pm

      But remember in the impossible planet the writing on the wall wasn’t translated because it was too ancient. Or, possibly the tardis doesn’t like Clara because she’s not possible. It doesn’t know which Clara she is. Maybe.

    • MaxP

      April 16th, 2013 - 12:23am

      the whole translation explanation is dodgy and full of holes really, if you think about it too much.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 14th, 2013 - 4:22am

    So far, I think it was great, but I’m not sure. I don’t know how I feel about the acting, apart from the mains and Saldack (Who was great), but the mention of people being torn limb from limb was dark and certainly brought an element of fear. The moral dilemna that Saldack faced at the end was great, and proved that Ice Warriors aren’t too different from humans after all. Also, it was interesting seeing the Ice Warrior without his armour.

  • The Greater Intelligence

    April 14th, 2013 - 3:16am

    I loved it, absolutely amazing writing (a la Gatiss), and I like the new design of the Warriors. The only thing that held it back was that the voices, sadly, were below par. Some people might like them, but the Ss weren’t drawn out and the lysp was undetectable. I watch ‘The Seeds Of Death’ for the first time today and I ordered the DVD for today, so hearing those voices did let the new episode down for me. Other than that, absolutely stellar episode (ACE!!).

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 9:20am

      Having an accent would just let it down. You see, the tardis translator even deletes accents.

    • The Flying Shark

      April 14th, 2013 - 9:52am

      Yes, but their hissing isn’t an accent, it’s how they talk.

      Anyway, I loved this episode!

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 2:14pm

      Hang on, who are you talking about? The ice warrior or the Russians?

    • The Greater Intelligence

      April 14th, 2013 - 11:43pm

      Skaldek the Ice Warrior

    • MaxP

      April 16th, 2013 - 1:20am

      Yes well put. The lisp and the hisses were very distinctive, very well done in the old days. They sounded excellent (usual brilliant work for the sound department) Although this episode sounded cool it just wasn’t the same as the old voices and that’s a shame.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    April 13th, 2013 - 11:49pm

    Well done Mark Gattis.First rate! Doctor Who more like I remember seeing it when I was a very young child.More like that please and more Ice Warriors beside Daleks & Cybermen.

  • CaptQuint

    April 13th, 2013 - 11:43pm

    A deadly Martian warrior loose on a stricken nuclear sub at the height of the Cold War? That’s got to ooze tension and excitement with plenty of space for neat character development right? Well you’d think. What we got was a flaccid run of the mill yarn that plodded along to a conclusion along the lines of ‘oh I see your point, lets just forget this ever happened eh?’ David Warner popped up but might as well not have bothered for all the good his character did – we can only hope the Le Bon ditty is one if Moffat’s breadcrumbs to be savoured down the line, it certainly provided no sustenance here. And if the Tardis had buggered off at the first site of danger to the South Pole, how come the translation dohickey still worked. Two mundane eps on the trot with a ghost story to come are not filling me with confidence for unlocking the mystery of Clara or the 50th. Desperately hoping for a return to form.

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 10:12am

      The translation circuit always works. It worked for rory when he was thrown back to New York.

    • Joanne D

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:51pm

      Agree with CaptQuint.

  • The mad Dalek

    April 13th, 2013 - 11:42pm

    A good episode, let down by length of episode and bad acting, but i’ll admit, best yet

  • ForeverDalek2313

    April 13th, 2013 - 11:01pm

    As this is my first episode with the Ice warriors in,I liked it a lot.
    I loved how the doctor was able to persuade the Ice warrior to not destroy earth.

  • Doctor Stu

    April 13th, 2013 - 10:42pm

    That ice warrior could return and wreak terrible icy revenge and the Doctor just let it go. Also why did the Russians seem oblivious to a huge alien ship above them at the end?

  • 66

    April 13th, 2013 - 10:11pm

    Personally, I didn’t like the Ice Warriors Arms or whatever they were when it was out of the armour, but overall I thought it was a great episode. Looking forward to the rest of the series, particularly the last 3.


    April 13th, 2013 - 9:38pm

    didn’t like it. the plot was badly executed, clara passing out was an excuse to speed up time. the doctor should’ve landed when the ice warrior was already on the loose, and when the sub had sunk. the ice warrior out of it’s armour was pointless, and the trailer was misleading. someone said t looked like something from Monsters inc, whoever that was, i agree. the ice warrior wasn’t a great villain, it was disgusting the way he killed everyone. there wasn’t much mystery of the monster as it was revealed in the trailer and revealed in the ep really quickly. the dynamic between clara dn the doctor wasn’t the same as TBOSJ which is why i liked her. there weren’t many other good characters with a large part like last week’s Merry. Liam cunningham is a great actor but he was badly used. why on earth did clara ask the doctor if she was doing it right with the Ice warrior interrogation? that is just giving it away. it went a bit over the top, having the doctor with a barbie and quite frankly, last week was better.

    • The Cyber Squirrel

      April 13th, 2013 - 10:33pm

      The Doctor did land when the ice warrior was on the loose


      April 14th, 2013 - 12:33am

      I mean he should’ve been loose for a few days and they shouldn’ve been stranded for that time. more drama, and urgency.

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 2:16pm

      They would find out. then they would let someone know, and they would come to help- that would mean they could be more prepared

    • im not here

      April 16th, 2013 - 6:55pm

      It didn’t look like spmething out of monsters inc aas much as alpha centuri who looked like mike lol lol lol =:) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› lol

  • The Cyber Squirrel

    April 13th, 2013 - 9:33pm

    we finally saw the sonics red setting!

    • thedaleksdeath

      April 14th, 2013 - 8:55am

      We didn’t it was just the red light making it look red.

    • stick of celery

      April 14th, 2013 - 12:41pm

      it was actually the sonic that was red

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2013 - 2:17pm

      Or maybe he’s just got a new screwdriver.

    • thedaleksdeath

      April 15th, 2013 - 8:06am

      Must of been weapon mode then

  • Whovian

    April 13th, 2013 - 8:43pm

    The episode was almost the best though I missed the begining.the music for the next episode sounded like Rose in Peril music

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2013 - 9:13pm

      it is!

    • thedaleksdeath

      April 14th, 2013 - 9:44am

      Bit interesting to hear that again really…

  • sheepinafez

    April 13th, 2013 - 8:34pm

    one of the best episodes evar


    April 13th, 2013 - 7:59pm

    I havent watched it yet! went out with family. i am dying inside! i’lll report when i’ve watched it! next week looks good though. (Yes, I watched the trailers…)

  • drjakeyoung

    April 13th, 2013 - 7:50pm

    booboo, in the credits of this episode, it credits “the ice warriors created by (whoever) but on BBC i player this has been taken down from the credits (you can check if you want) Why has this been done?

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2013 - 8:30pm

      No it hasn’t, I just watched it on iPlayer and the name was there.

    • drjakeyoung

      April 13th, 2013 - 10:14pm

      how many seconds into the credits was it? (if you don’t mind me asking)

  • the astronaut of of death

    April 13th, 2013 - 7:45pm

    what did you think of this ep booboo

    • booboo

      April 13th, 2013 - 7:53pm

      it was good this time

  • Matt smithy

    April 13th, 2013 - 7:39pm

    also booboo you should change on the ice warrior fact section skaldak from warrior to grand marshal (And add name) when you get the time πŸ˜€

  • Benjee10

    April 13th, 2013 - 7:33pm

    This episode left me feeling pretty disappointed. The first two acts were decent enough; there was suspense, the effects were top notch, and there was great acting and a decent sense of genuine peril. However, then we got the the last part, which ruined the episode for me.
    The first problem was the reveal of the ice warriors true face. On principal, they shouldn’t have done it. They should’ve kept a mystery. It didn’t help that the face wasn’t exactly the best piece of design doctor who’s seen. It looked painfully fake compared to the excellent visuals of the arctic and the sub.
    The second problem was the ending itself. It didn’t feel like an ending. Skaldak was about to destroy the world, and then suddenly his assumption’s proved wrong and he goes. There was no resolution; it just happened. The characters had very little to do with it.
    The first two thirds, as I said, were excellent, but the ending really let it down unfortunately.
    4/10. Average. Luckily Hide looks good, and hopefully this was a one off low.


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