Writer: Sarah Dollard
Director: Bill Anderson
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)
Series: 10, episode 3
Summary: The Doctor and Bill are in 1914 London during the Frost Fair, and the Thames has been frozen over. A creature living under the ice is dragging people to their deaths. A man is using people’s bodies as food for the creature, which in turn powers the city.
Review: Now we’re getting into a proper spooky episode. First off, I really have to praise Murray Gold for composing a pretty good score for this episode. I know I don’t talk about the score much in these reviews, but this time I had to bring it up. It really set the stage and tone well.
I liked Bill in this story. She’s more curious than usual, because we’re now in the past rather than the future or present. She really is reminding me of Ace, just without constantly blowing stuff up. The Doctor seems to be keeping up with the mentor relationship that always works best with his companions. “I’m your teacher. Telling you things is what I do.” He tells her. When she discovers what the villain’s plans are, she becomes more temperamental than usual, making a great flaw for her. The monster reminded me of the Loch Ness Monster being controlled by the Zygons in “Terror of the Zygons.”
Oh, and that cliffhanger at the end. Who was Nardole shouting at? And whatever was behind the vault even pounded for times. Uh-oh.
Overall, this is shaping up to be a good series. The first three episodes didn’t feel pointless and kept my interest. I’m going to be sad to see Moffatt go.
Overall Review: 9/10
Continuity: The Doctor and River Song have been to the Frost Fair in London before, with Stevie Wonder. (“A Good Man Goes to War”) When they travelled to Renaissance London, Martha was also worried about encountering racism (“The Shakespeare Code”). She also echoed Martha’s concern about the “butterfly effect”. The Doctor mentions humanity overlooking the bizarre and forgetting it, something he said in “The Forest of the Night”. Nardole once again mentions that he was reassembled. Sutcliffe refers to the Doctor as “Doctor Disco”, an insult he was given in “The Zygon Invasion”.
Trivia: Big Finish also has published a Lost Story featuring the Seventh Doctor called “Thin Ice”.