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Thin Ice

Series 10 - Episode 3 Thin Ice

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Review

London, 1814: a vast mud-caked creature wails in anguish down by the Thames… No, it’s not Tom Hardy returning unexpectedly early as James Keziah Delaney in Taboo. We are in the exact same year and setting, but Doctor Who delivers a far less squalid depiction of Regency London – its street urchins are quite well turned out.

The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs on the Thames, where revellers and children have been vanishing under the ice. There are monsters at large – if not the kind we first imagine. “Regency England is a bit more black than they show in the movies,” observes Bill, wary that in this period “slavery is still totally a thing”. Indeed, undercurrents of bondage, racism and inhumanity soon bubble to the surface.

Thin Ice is a superb episode, written by Sarah Dollard, in which Bill asks questions that cut to the core of the Doctor’s morality. Pearl Mackie is a remarkably empathic presence, while Peter Capaldi is the finest he’s ever been at the wit, fury and remoteness of the Time Lord.

Summary

The Tardis lands in Regency-era London, where the Doctor and Bill attend the last of the great frost fairs. However, sinister forces are afoot, and something is stirring under the frozen surface of the River Thames. When people begin to mysteriously vanish while on the ice, the Time Lord and his new friend are drawn into another investigation. Bill discovers the England of the past is more like the modern day than she expected, and begins to realise that not all monsters come from outer space. Starring Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, with Matt Lucas as Nardole.

Cast & Crew

The Doctor Peter Capaldi
Bill Potts Pearl Mackie
Nardole Matt Lucas
Sutcliffe Nicholas Burns
Kitty Asiatu Koroma
Pie-man Peter Singh
Overseer Simon Ludders
Dowell Tomi May
Spider Austin Taylor
Dot Ellie Shenker
Harriet Kishaina Thiruselvan
Perry Badger Skelton
Director Bill Anderson
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Brian Minchin
Producer Nikki Wilson
Writer Sarah Dollard
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