o picking up from where Smile left us we’re on the River Thames in Victorian London, straight away in the pre-titles scene we’re treated to the story’s threat, a giant fish that resides in the depths of the Thames. Originally I was expecting the creature that the story focuses on was going to be a serpent creature instead of a large fish. But Episode Three was going to be another enjoyable episode.
Episode Three was a great and humorous adventure. The relationship between the Doctor and Bill has progressed and she’s getting a more in depth perspective of his lifestyle. She’s aware that he has a dark past and that he regrets what he’s done and it was great to see that she’s going to be sticking around a lot longer. Sarah Dollard’s has certainly excelled herself in this episode, as throughout the duration of Thin Ice there was that charm of mystery.
Strange lights under the ice and organized killings, it certainly had the feel of a Sherlock Holmes adventure only with the revelation of the sadistic person behind the killings being in that same stylization. Thin Ice is largely focused on Peter Capaldi, which allows him to enjoy another great speech that will be added to his impressive legacy, giving us another great quote to look back at. In this episode, his tenure in the show with Pearl Mackie taking center stage again since her introduction to the show. It feels a lot different having the Doctor give his new companion the choice of the fate of whatever is at stake.
One moment that had me punching the air was when the Doctor punches Lord Sutcliffe after the murdering individual first sees Bill and delivers what could be described as racist nonsense. Capaldi in that scene delivers a great quote and you can certainly tell his Doctor detests bureaucratic morons such as Lord Sutcliffe. The performance also between Mackie and Capaldi was great, hardly any dialogue was needed to emphasize the drama, the emotions between the two performers could be seen through the way they looked one another. Capaldi is certainly great at showing the character’s emotions with the way he looks at his co-stars; Face the Raven is a great example.
What I really liked about this episode was the fact that the real monster wasn’t a monster the real monster was a human being, the villain of story was the stereotypical Victorian “gentleman” where he seeks nothing but a profit. The Industrial Revolution is briefly touched on but is over shadowed by the slave trade that Pearl Mackie’s Bill makes the Doctor aware. The ignorance of Sutcliffe is shining reminder too.
Like last week’s episode with the references and nods to the classic series, we’re treated to yet another nod to the past where the TARDIS inability to actually take the Doctor and Co. to where they actually want to go. It’s always more of an adventure when the TARDIS becomes more erratic, this was quickly explained again by Capaldi’s Doctor that you have to reason with it, a good nod to The Five Doctors where Peter Davison explains to Teagan that the TARDIS needs persuading and encouraging on where he need/wants to go.
Again I haven’t been left disappointed, I thoroughly enjoyed this Episode and thought it was a very solid and rounded story. No issues or gripes just a very enjoyable story. It feels new and that they’re still getting familiar with this reboot. We still haven’t had much of Nardole but what we did get was the epilogue of the episode, where Nardole is angrily muttering to himself outside the mysterious vault. He’s interrupted by a series of three knocks that oddly enough rings four times…
What’s in the vault? Who’s in the vault? Time Lords, the Master, these Monks, or is it a Vault of Masters? It feels like a Classic story from the 1970s where the Time Lords are or could be in fact involved? Time will tell.
9/10 for a nice, rounded story.