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May 13th, 2017
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Thin Ice was watched by an official audience of 5.51 million viewers in the UK, the final BARB ratings have revealed.

The third episode of Series 10 – which aired on Saturday 29th April – was the 25th most watched programme of that week, and the 10th most watched on BBC One. Yet another considerable rise from its initial overnight of 3.76 million, the consolidated figure also accounts for those who recorded the episode and watched it within the first 7 days of its broadcast. The new series continues tonight in Oxygen.

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

April 30th, 2017
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Last night’s episode of Doctor Who, Thin Ice, was watched by an unofficial audience of 3.76 million on BBC One, according to the initial overnight ratings.

The figure makes Doctor Who the fourth most watched programme of the day, with a 20.4% share of the total TV audience. It was once again behind Britain’s Got Talent (8.27 million), All Round to Mrs Brown’s (4.74 million) and Casualty (3.90 million).

The final consolidated ratings will be released in 7 days.

Get ready to delve beneath the Thin Ice to Rate & Discuss this week’s episode –>

April 29th, 2017
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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!

April 29th, 2017
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Doctor Who continues tonight and this week it’s out with the future and in with the past as the Doctor and Bill Potts journey to London in 1841.

To whet your appetites for Thin Ice, check out our 10 teasers for the episode below. One of them is a red herring (it would be too easy, otherwise!), and you can let us know which one you think it is in the comments.

The adventure airs at 7:20pm on BBC One, and you can read WhovianNet’s advanced spoiler-free preview here.

  1. “She’s a bad girl, this one. Always looking for trouble…”
  2. The Doctor gets to ride on the back of the elephant.
  3. Who’s Pete?
  4. First door on the left, second right, under the stairs, past the bins, fifth door on the left.
  5. The Doctor gets down with the kids and it will both cringe and delight in equal measure.
  6. In one scene, Bill comes very close to breaking the watershed.
  7. The frost fair festivities end with an almighty bang. Almost.
  8. The Doctor should probably keep an eye on Greenland.
  9. “Knocking? What’s that about?”
  10. Whoever – or whatever – lies inside the Vault is starting to get cocky.

“Welcome to paradise!” Keep smiling as you Rate & Discuss this week’s episode »

April 27th, 2017
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Peter Capaldi’s final series at the helm of the TARDIS (sorry for the reminder!) continues this weekend and it’s third time unlucky for the Doctor and Bill as they find themselves treading on Thin Ice. After you’ve left your mark at the edge of the galaxy lightyears in the future, there’s only one place to go next. Home… the long way round. Get in!

Picking up directly where last week’s episode left off (we see a pattern emerging here…), we rejoin our heroes slap bang in the middle of Regency London where, as expected, not all is as it seems amidst the carnivalesque chaos of a seemingly ordinary frost fair. Or at least, as ordinary as a frost fair can be. As an example, there’s an actual sword swallower among the weird and wonderful festivities, so this episode should definitely come with its own ‘Don’t try this at home’ disclaimer.

It’s the Great Last Frost Fair, to be precise, and the year is 1814. Also as expected, Bill has lots of questions. And no, it isn’t a parallel world…

The bustling backdrop is beautifully established by first time Who director Bill Anderson, and once again Bill’s wide-eyed wonderment is a joy to behold. As she takes in her snow-covered surroundings, Pearl Mackie gets the chance to show off her effortless talent when, in the flip of a coin (and that analogy will become clear when you see the episode), she struggles to comprehend the moral high ground that has been embedded within her 2,000 year old tutor. Basically, he moves on.

Bill’s character is already so well rounded that it’s easy to forget that this is only her third episode, and as such she is still getting to know her mysterious new friend. You don’t even realise – or care – that we’re revisiting aspects of the Doctor’s temperament that have been explored before, such as his apparent emotionless reaction to death, as the story allows it to be portrayed in a fresh and interesting way. Combine that with Bill’s unique perspective and it’s further evidence – not that any was needed – that our new TARDIS duo are a match made in televisual heaven.

Bill doesn’t sugarcoat her feelings, and that’s one of the things we love about her the most. Despite the fact she’s centuries away from the world that she knows, this plucky present day gal fits right in, which is partly thanks to the TARDIS’ ever expansive wardrobe. As they step into the story, the escalating drama evolves around them and it doesn’t take long for their fun at the fair to transpire into inevitable anarchy when a young boy’s tragic encounter with a Thames-dwelling serpent sends them on a mission to discover what really lies beneath. There’s definitely something fishy going on and whatever you do, don’t follow the lights…

Children play a big part in this episode, as the Doctor and Bill enlist the help of a band of pickpocketing street urchins who wouldn’t look out of place alongside the Artful Dodger himself. In fact, we expected him to pop up at any moment, and stranger things certainly happen in this madcap 44 minutes. Although the situation is looking increasingly dire, the impressive young ensemble bring some much needed comic relief to the proceedings, particularly when the Doctor, as he puts it, “gets down with the kids”, much to Bill’s hilarious horror. Even her hair is left cringing.

Back to the matter at hand, though, and their investigation soon leads them to the sinister Sutcliffe (right), as played by this week’s leading guest star Nicholas Burns, who is such an indescribably disgusting human being that, when the Doctor does something completely out of character, you can’t help but cheer along. Kudos to Nicholas Burns, who is largely known for his comedic performances, for bringing to life such a skin-crawling adversary. Needless to say, His Lordship’s motivations are truly terrifying.

Of course, it all comes down to Sarah Dollard’s script. The last time she contributed to the show, she broke our Whovian hearts into pieces by killing off Clara Oswald (we’re still not over it), and this time she takes us back to a London that’s just as unfamiliar as Face the Raven’s trap streets, yet instantly as rich and magical. Even if the Doctor never does find out the secret behind that card trick…

One of the most exciting things to take away from Thin Ice is that there’s still so much of the Doctor and Bill to come. As a standalone story, it ticks all the boxes of a classic Doctor Who adventure. It’s set in the past, there’s an alien creature hidden just out of sight, there’s an awesome underwater sequence and, perhaps most importantly, its poignant resolution will leave you shaking your head in disgust and contempt at the human race. It’s like The Beast Below all over again, but the Doctor does get to wear a top hat so you know, swings and roundabouts.

Oh, and you’ll also no doubt be pleased to hear that Nardole makes another all too brief but memorable appearance, as the elusive Vault mystery deepens. And when we say that Thin Ice ends with a “knock knock”, we’re not just talking about Episode 4

April 23rd, 2017
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The Doctor Who YouTube channel has released the first preview clip from next weekend’s episode, Thin Ice.

The adventure continues on 29th April as our heroes journey to Regency England where something is stirring beneath the Thames. They soon find themselves investigating a string of impossible disappearances, and Bill learns that not all monsters come from outer space.

Check out the clip in the player below, and watch the next time trailer here.

“Welcome to paradise!” Keep smiling as you Rate & Discuss this week’s episode »

April 22nd, 2017
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The Doctor and Bill find themselves treading on Thin Ice next week when they land in Regency England where something is stirring in the Thames.

People have been vanishing on the ice and Bill is about to discover that the past is more like her world than she expected, when an investigation into a string of impossible disappearances proves that not all monsters come from outer space…

Thin Ice airs on Saturday 29th April at 7:20pm on BBC One.

“Welcome to paradise!” Keep smiling as you Rate & Discuss this week’s episode »

April 13th, 2017
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The BBC have released the official synopsis for Episode 3 of Series 10, Thin Ice, which will air on BBC One on Saturday 29th April.

The episode is written by Sarah Dollard and directed by Bill Anderson.

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…

The Pilot premieres on Saturday at 7:20pm and you can read our advanced preview here.

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