Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Three: Thin Ice

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Three: Thin Ice

Sum­mary: It’s the last of the great frost fairs and some­thing nasty is under the ice.

Plot: On their way back from the planet of the emo­jis The Doc­tor and Bill find them­selves on the Frozen Thames in Lon­don at the last of the Frost Fairs 1814, but while enjoy­ing the sights they dis­cover some­thing under the water that is tak­ing peo­ple. What is going on and what do street urchins and the peo­ple pay­ing them to get peo­ple on the ice know about this.
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Writ­ing: The strength of this story is the inter­ac­tion between the Doc­tor and Bill and to a lesser degree Bill and the kids which really works, but the actual plot is so repet­i­tive, evil aris­to­cratic cap­i­tal­ist exploit­ing peo­ple for profit is so old that you can write it in your sleep.

Act­ing: As always Peter Capaldi brings his A game and Pearl Mackie shines so well that almost total absence of Matt Lucas is not a dis­ad­van­tage here. I found the sup­port­ing cast com­pletely bor­ing and for­get­table which I think really costs this episode, but Capaldi does period pieces so well that one can almost for­get it.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Save him, Pete

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Steal­ing from the thief (1st Doc­tor The Cru­sades episode 1) Frost Fairs (11th Doc­tor A good man goes to war) Slav­ery wor­ries (Martha Jones Shake­speare Code 10th Doctor)

Odd­i­ties: Isn’t the Doc­tor wor­ried about run­ning into his past self since he was there with River Song and Steve Won­der at that very fair?

Pet Peeves: The TARDIS give an alert about the alien life form in the Thames, yet the Doc­tor has not only vis­ited the Frost fair sev­eral times but has vis­ited Lon­don over and over dur­ing the peri­ods before it and the TARDIS never noticed, never gave a word or an indi­ca­tion. in the past and it never give a warn­ing. What hap­pened, did it for­get? Was it on strike? That’s a plot hole to drive a truck through.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya​.net transcripts

Bill: Yeah. Trav­el­ling to the past, There’s got to be rules. If I step on a but­ter­fly, it could send rip­ples through time that mean I’m not even born in the first place and I could just dis­ap­pear.
The Doc­tor: Def­i­nitely. I mean, that’s what hap­pened to Pete.
Bill: Pete?
The Doc­tor:Your friend, Pete. He was stand­ing there a moment ago, but he stepped on a but­ter­fly and now you don’t even remem­ber him.
Bill: Shut up! I’m being seri­ous!
The Doc­tor: Yeah, so was Pete.
Bill: You know what I mean. Every choice I make in this moment, here and now, could change the whole future.
The Doc­tor: Exactly like every other day of your life. The only thing to do is to stop wor­ry­ing about it.


The Doc­tor: You know what hap­pens if I don’t move on? More peo­ple die. There are kids liv­ing rough near here. They may well be next on the menu. Do you want to help me? Do you want to stand here stamp­ing your foot? Because let me tell you some­thing. I’m two thou­sand years old, and I have never had the time for the lux­ury of outrage.


Final Ver­dict: 3 34 stars This is the only episode that I’ve given this rat­ing to, just under 4 stars.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 3. Again a lit­tle bet­ter than the last one, we’re get­ting there

1st Thin Ice
2nd Smile
3rd The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: Another one that Doesn’t place but inch­ing toward it

1st The Hus­bands of River Song
2nd. Last Christ­mas
3rd. The Care­taker
4th. The Return of Doc­tor Mys­te­rio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

Summary:  It’s the last of the great frost fairs and something nasty is under the ice.

Plot: On their way back from the planet of the emojis The Doctor and Bill find themselves on the Frozen Thames in London at the last of the Frost Fairs 1814, but while enjoying the sights they discover something under the water that is taking people. What is going on and what do street urchins and the people paying them to get people on the ice know about this.
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Writing: The strength of this story is the interaction between the Doctor and Bill and to a lesser degree Bill and the kids which really works, but the actual plot is so repetitive, evil aristocratic capitalist exploiting people for profit is so old that you can write it in your sleep.

Acting:   As always Peter Capaldi brings his A game and Pearl Mackie shines so well that almost total absence of Matt Lucas is not a disadvantage here. I found the supporting cast completely boring and forgettable which I think really costs this episode, but Capaldi does period pieces so well that one can almost forget it.

Memorable Moments:  Save him, Pete

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Stealing from the thief (1st Doctor The Crusades episode 1) Frost Fairs (11th Doctor A good man goes to war) Slavery worries (Martha Jones Shakespeare Code 10th Doctor)

Oddities: Isn’t the Doctor worried about running into his past self since he was there with River Song and Steve Wonder at that very fair?

Pet Peeves:  The TARDIS give an alert about the alien life form in the Thames, yet the Doctor has not only visited the Frost fair several times but has visited London over and over during the periods before it and the TARDIS never noticed, never gave a word or an indication. in the past and it never give a warning.   What happened, did it forget? Was it on strike? That’s a plot hole to drive a truck through.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Bill: Yeah. Travelling to the past, There’s got to be rules. If I step on a butterfly, it could send ripples through time that mean I’m not even born in the first place and I could just disappear.
The Doctor: Definitely. I mean, that’s what happened to Pete.
Bill: Pete?
The Doctor:Your friend, Pete. He was standing there a moment ago, but he stepped on a butterfly and now you don’t even remember him.
Bill: Shut up! I’m being serious!
The Doctor: Yeah, so was Pete.
Bill: You know what I mean. Every choice I make in this moment, here and now, could change the whole future.
The Doctor: Exactly like every other day of your life. The only thing to do is to stop worrying about it.


The Doctor: You know what happens if I don’t move on? More people die. There are kids living rough near here. They may well be next on the menu. Do you want to help me? Do you want to stand here stamping your foot? Because let me tell you something. I’m two thousand years old, and I have never had the time for the luxury of outrage.


Final Verdict: 3 3/4 stars This is the only episode that I’ve given this rating to, just under 4 stars.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 3. Again a little better than the last one, we’re getting there

1st Thin Ice
2nd Smile
3rd The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: Another one that Doesn’t place but inching toward it

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek