Day: December 23, 2013
The Tombs of Ice features the Doctor and Ace trying to prevent the war-loving Sontarans from destroying the entire galaxy.
Starting on an ice world the TARDIS crash lands. It is here where they find cryogenic tombs. It is here where they find an old enemy who have bold plans.
The Tombs of Ice is a great adventure which pays tribute to the Sontarans history in the show. The references to past cannon moments makes the story a great experience for any Whovian.
– Josh Thunig
The atmosphere in this episode is amazing the from the exterior to the interior models there’s a real cold and ice feeling, one of my favourite moments is when the doctor is messing around with the desktop theme and got eccleston/tennants coral themed tardis and says “ah not this incarnation, good old grey mode” that was a great line, the midnight reference was also good, i liked how the sontarans in this story, their reveal was very well handed and really kept me thinking.
i also like that we get to see the 7th doctor battle against them as we never really saw him with the sontarans before. the war with the rutans story plays well in here, i liked how the war is practically over but the sontarans still go ahead with their plans of destroying the solar system, the story was well thought off.
the camera work wasn’t the best you could still believe you where just filming with small plastic figures, but the acting makes up for it, the 7th doctor was well performed by Brendan Sheppard, the Ace performance was well only word i can put it was ace, a great performance by Leanne James, the sontarans were amazing, Simon Ockenden definitely got the threatening war voice superbly done.
the CGI was also very good, some particle effects were a bit off, the 3D landscape shots were really good and still hold very well today.
i give The Tombs of Ice 8/10, its a great episodes to watch and one of the best directed episodes.
– Daniel J.Patton
I watched Prisoners of Arriton. I am naturally skeptical at first of any minifig movie, but I was quite impressed with the special effects of this one. The sound effects and voice acting are also spot on. It also opened similar enough to classic Who to give it that same feel of the 7th Doctor and Ace going on a new adventure. I loved the title sequence; it was a great blend between the McCoy era and the modern titles. The music for the theme could stand to be turned up a little though; get people excited. Transitions between CGI and real-life filming were a little jarring at times, particularly the Daleks descending where it appears they are descending on a desert planet and then they are in the jungle. The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of facial expression. Obviously, being a minifig movie I understand this would be difficult. That being said, it went WELL beyond my expectations, so good work!
– Jacob Leuenberger
DWOA have produced top quality Figure Adventures for several years now. It started off promisingly with ‘dapoldoctorwho’ with a brilliant opener: ‘Prisoners of Arriton’. From then on I was hooked! DWOA have the ability the use CGI and action figures in perfect harmony. There are very few who can match this level of quality! Although I was sceptical about the move to DWO, I was proven wrong. The story arc for series 4 was very interesting with an unexpected plot twist at the end. Kudos to Brendan Sheppard and Rex Duis. They are fine voice actors, their impressions very close to being perfect. Chris Clark’s CGI is also impressive! The most recent series has been a very good one. The casting yet again was fantastic as were the scripts. I can see a bright future ahead. I hope that there are many more episodes to come from the DWOA team!
– Stuart Lloyd