Doctor Who: Spoiler-free preview for Thin Ice
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From The Talons of Weng Chiang to The Unquiet Dead to The Crimson Horror, Doctor Who has a knack for doing great stories set in Victorian England. Thin Ice takes things back a little further to the Regency period and it looks magnificent. With gentlemen in top hats, vagrant children pick-pockets, sword swallowers and a smoky snow-filled London with a fair on the frozen Thames, it's a glorious recreation of 1814 England.
It's another strong entry from series nine writer Sarah Dollard, even though it doesn't quite pack the emotional punch of Face The Raven. But at this stage in the Doctor and Bill's journey the tale is perfectly played. Their teacher - student relationship continues to evolve this episode, with a bit more darker, retrospective moments after the light-hearted affair of Smile. Not surprisingly, Pearl Mackie continues to be a delight, but Dollar allows Peter Capaldi some lovely moments as the Doctor so it isn't quite a one-woman show.
Thin Ice is a wonderful trip to the past and the strongest episode of series 10 yet. It's got a great mystery too and the monster offers something a little different to what we've seen in the 19th Century Doctor Who tales of the past. Again, will it achieve classic Doctor Who status? Not quite, though given the trend this series is taking, I'm sure that's not too far away.
Join us on Saturday night for a more in depth look at Thin Ice with plenty of spoiler filled discussions and speculations for the rest of the series!