Written by: Mark Gattis
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
Produced by: Denise Paul and Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Broadcast Date: Saturday 13th April 2013 at 6:00pm on BBC One
Reviewed by Ryan Denyer for The Gallifrey Times.
This is a post episode review and therefore will contain spoilers. All views on the episode are Ryan's and not those of The Gallifrey Times.
As explained in last weeks review of The Rings of Akhaten, my thoughts on Series 7 so far is that some have been good and some not so good, but this episode changes everything! Cold War is by far my favourite Doctor Who episode since 2009’s The Waters of Mars. Mark Gatiss delivers are truly brilliant script that is performed brilliantly by all cast members especially our two leads.
But I’m not here to talk about those scripts I’m here to talk about this one. Cold War is, I would say, flawless. We are given a great setting that even when watching the episode you fell slightly claustrophobic and the Ice Warriors look and sound fantastic. They are no longer them monsters that sound s-s-ssily or look plasticy. They are now believable monsters that spook you out to the core. This is what Doctor Who should be! You should have monsters making you want to run and hide behind the sofa and this episode accomplishes it fantastically!
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The ending to the story was nice leaving it open for the Ice Warriors to appear in future stories, hopefully written by Gatiss who we all know by now has a passion for them. I am now egarly awaiting Mark’s story next year (not confirmed yet but come one, he’s got to now hasn’t he) and I for one wouldn’t mind if he took over the reigns from Moffat in a few years to come, many would disagree but I would be more than happy to see him do it. I feel the quality of stories would be stronger than ever as he would know what he wants, discuss who you’d like to see as show runner in the comments!
Now next week it’s time for Hide by Neil Cross, the story I’m least anticipating out of the whole of Series 7 Part 2, not sure why yet I just am.
Ryan's Rating: 10/10