Rate & Discuss: Thin Ice

April 29th, 2017
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...


In Regency England, beneath the frozen Thames, something is stirring. The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs, and find themselves investigating a string of impossible disappearances – people have been vanishing on the ice! Bill is about to discover that the past is more like her world than she expected, and that not all monsters come from outer space…

It was third time unlucky for the Doctor and Bill tonight as the brand new series continued. The year was 1814 and they had landed in the middle of the Last Great Frost Fair, so what could possibly go wrong? Just don’t step on any butterflies…

Changing the future of the human race turned out to be the least of Bill’s worries, however, when her attention turned to surviving the present instead. Or rather, surviving the past. Oh, you know what we mean. It all came down to a shackled serpent that lay beneath the ice, but who was behind the giant Thames-dwelling terror, and was it even a terror at all?

Suffice to say, there was something fishy going on as the new TARDIS co-resident got to know a different side to her 2,000 year old tutor, but did the fun at the fair (while it lasted, anyway…) make Thin Ice an instant classic, or did the snow-covered story sink under the pressure? You can post your thoughts regarding the latest episode in the comments below.

You can read what WhovianNet thought of tonight’s episode in our advanced preview here.

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments section if you haven’t seen Thin Ice. You have been warned!

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12 comments on this article
  1. Marieke D
    April 29th, 2017 at 8.12pm | #1

    Loved it! Nice to have another episode in a historical setting, Peter Capaldi was brilliant. Reminded me a bid of Kill The Moon. Lovely child actors and awesome interaction with the Tardis Team! More of this please.

  2. Ulyana
    April 29th, 2017 at 8.19pm | #2

    Thin Ice was AMAZING!
    Those emotions! Doctor was brilliant at that moment, when Bill asks “Do you ever kill anyone?” (Something like that), an Bill of course too! Nardole is boring :| But he cares about something in this… Case(?) And thats OK
    Really sad, that it’s Twelve last season :c
    BEWARE LIGHTS UNDER THE WATER!!!
    (Sorry about mistakes, I’m from Russia)

  3. JC
    April 29th, 2017 at 11.31pm | #3

    So yesterday, I posted on WhovianNet’s preview of Thin Ice and said that I wasn’t that excited about this episode because it seemed preachy and negative, but it didn’t turn out that way. Other websites (not WhovianNet, it should be said) have twice given me the wrong impression about upcoming episodes, so I will be waiting to form my own opinion from now on.

    As such, this episode was much better than I imagined it would be. The creature being held hostage under the Thames for the exploitation of humanity was interesting and in many ways reminded me of a tamer version of the horrific Torchwood episode “Meat”, which I still have a lot of trouble re-watching.

    As fans, we know/assume that the Doctor killed many, many times over the course of The Last Great Time War, not to mention the Leader of the Sycorax and the children of the Empress of The Racnoss, so it was good to see Bill challenge The Doctor about how often he’s taken lives and to see how reacted to the question. Once again, it reminded me of “The Day of The Doctor”, when the Doctors were discussing how many children were killed on Gallifrey and the 10th Doctor was incredulous that the 11th Doctor had seemingly forgotten.

    Overall, the story of this episode filled the time well and whilst Bill is developing a definite trait for asking a lot of questions, they’re often appropriate and fair, which adds to the vibrancy of her personality. Unlike Clara, Bill is spirited without being domineering.

    Roll on next week.

  4. Ken Reid
    April 30th, 2017 at 12.18pm | #4

    Thin Ice was one of the best Twelfth Dr episodes yet Bill is shaping up to be a great companion and is asking questions that most other companions have never thought to ask. Capaldi is a great actor as it seems is Pearl Mackie… The Dr attempting diplomacy was genius. The Dr shows he is not racist and

  5. Ken Reid
    April 30th, 2017 at 12.20pm | #5

    Thin Ice was one of the best Twelfth Dr episodes yet Bill is shaping up to be a great companion and is asking questions that most other companions have never thought to ask. Capaldi is a great actor as it seems is Pearl Mackie… The Dr attempting diplomacy was genius. The Dr shows he is not racist and Bill is loving traveling with him it seems.

  6. Michael
    April 30th, 2017 at 12.41pm | #6

    I thought Thin Ice was a brilliant episode! I loved the idea of the giant serpent under the Thames. I certainly won’t look at the Thames in the same way again. I think i could hear everyone who watching cheer when The Doctor punched Lord Sutcliffe! Brilliant moment in the episode (probably my favourite). The ending certainly got me wanting more information about the Vault. I can’t wait to see it open! Also, more of Nardole please! I think he is a brilliant character and can’t wait to see what else he gets up to in the future.

    8/10

  7. Jen
    April 30th, 2017 at 2.28pm | #7

    Thin Ice was a roller coaster of a ride. It was fun, serious and thought provoking. All of the cast made this episode an enjoyable experience. I’ve always enjoyed historical episodes, and this was no exception. The serpent looked brilliant (even though we didn’t get a proper full shot of it). Lord Sutcliffe was a really good villain. All in all, a fab episode. Series 10 is shaping up to be one of my favourites so far!

  8. Steve
    April 30th, 2017 at 3.28pm | #8

    This was nearly a good episode. You can tell Moffat was desperate to get his humanised Doctor in! Capaldi was on good form, Bill is getting a little more Amy like, I hope this is not something to come!

  9. Elizabeth
    April 30th, 2017 at 4.23pm | #9

    I always enjoy the historical episodes. Loved the banter between the doctor and bill. A perfect way to start a Saturday night with a house full of doctor who fans.

  10. Jack Walrath
    April 30th, 2017 at 6.31pm | #10

    Best so far of the season. Managed to maintain the humorous feel of earlier seasons, while also tackling serious questions about the Doctor’s morality. Both the main actors were great in this.

  11. Brandon
    May 5th, 2017 at 12.55pm | #11

    Right off the bat with this one, the TARDIS decides where the Doctor needs to be rather than where he wanted to go. I like how the “decision” to save the day came from Bill rather than the Doctor as in “kill the Moon” where the decision fell on Clara.

  12. Grace
    May 6th, 2017 at 11.59pm | #12

    Love this one too but I just can’t stand the fact that we’re losing this Doctor! My goodness hes been the most believable Doctor in the longest time! I also like Bill! She has her own personality and proves she can think for herself! She doesn’t need youth, sexuality, (you don’t care about her race), and she genuinely appreciates being with the Doctor for the learning experience! They could literally have lasted at least two years together if not more!

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