Hello everyone! 🙂
I’ve now seen the latest ‘Doctor Who’ TV episode, ‘Thin Ice’! First of all, I’d like to protest. They can’t use that title for a ‘Doctor Who’ episode. It’s already been used before for the Seventh Doctor audio story also called ‘Thin Ice’! Couldn’t they have given it another title like ‘Thin Frost’ or something? 😀
Anyway, this episode sees the Twelfth Doctor and Bill on a new adventure in Regency London in 1814. They attend a frost fair. Hang on! That sounds familiar. Has the Doctor been here before? Oh yes he has apparently. He was at that frost fair as the First Doctor with Vicki and Steven in ‘Frostfire’!
In this story, the Doctor and Bill enjoy themselves in their Regency clothes exploring the frost fair. They soon discover that there’s an alien sea creature underneath the frozen Thames in London. The Doctor and Bill have to solve the clues as to how a gigantic sea alien creature got under the Thames.
This episode is by Sarah Dollard, who previously contributed to Series 9 in the episode, ‘Face the Raven’. This was a fairly okayish episode for me. I enjoyed the historical setting of Regency London, but I’m afraid this tale fell flat for me. It wasn’t exciting enough as it could have been when I saw it.
Also with this episode, it didn’t seem like the people at the frost fair were freezing cold as they should have been. There was however one gripping scene where the Doctor and Bill go down in diving suits underneath the Thames. It put me in mind of the ‘Doctor Who’ book, ‘Empire of Death’.
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie are reasonably good in this episode. I enjoyed those scenes where Bill was challenging the Doctor on his morals when something terrible happened during this story. Bill is growing on me as a companion and she works well alongside the Twelfth Doctor in this series.
‘Thin Ice’ is pretty average as a ‘Doctor Who’ story goes. There was a lot to take in and there weren’t many pacey action scenes that I would have liked. I was expecting that massive sea creature to come bursting out of the Thames to attack London or something. But this story was decent enough as it is.
Matt Lucas as Nardole does make an appearance at the end of this episode and he’s pretty annoyed with the Doctor for breaking his ‘oath’. I’m curious about what’s inside the vault that Nardole is keeping under lock and key. Is it very dangerous? Is it something to happen at the end of this series?
Next week’s episode is called ‘Knock Knock’ by Mike Bartlett.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!