Doctor Who: Thin Ice

Before I start muttering, it’s only fair to include the traditional warning:

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

At the end of last week’s episode, the Doctor and Bill found themselves not back at the university as planned, but on the River Thames. Yes, they arrived at the last great Frost Fair, in 1814. So quite naturally, the Doctor immediately goes back to where he’s supposed to be. Well, no he doesn’t, because, as he tells Bill, the Tardis is always looking for trouble. And trouble is his business, isn’t it?

And of course, there is trouble to be found. Strange lights under the thin ice, people being dragged to their deaths, and an actual monster to contend with. Not to mention a very large creature on the riverbed.

Bill and the Doctor are beginning to get to know each other a little better, leading to some nicely entertaining arguments, and the Doctor getting a bit fourth incarnation-y[1] when he mentions that he’s two thousand years old and he’s never had time for the luxury of outrage[2].

And when they go to confront the dubious aristocrat responsible for the goings on, he’s very clear in his instructions to Bill that he needs to do the talking, as diplomacy is needed. So quite naturally, when the dubious aristocrat makes a racist comment to Bill, the Doctor thumps him. In a very diplomatic way, obviously…

Bill comments that his claim not to have time for outrage wasn’t strictly true, indeed that he never has time for anything else…

And there’s more – a lovely reference to stepping on a butterfly and making yourself disappear, for instance. And a lovely Doctor line

I don’t know the answers! Only idiots know the answers!

And after sorting all that out, with only minor interference in history, they do get back to the Doctor’s office, just in time for Nardole to deliver the tea that was ordered last week (he put some coffee in to give it some taste). And again, Nardole reminds the Doctor about his Oath. It think it’s definitely a capital O kind of Oath. And whatever’s in the vault is getting restless…

So, lots of fun, and even more to come…

[1] Not quite a Tom Baker “walk in eternity” speech, but getting there…
[2] Causing anyone who knows him at all to recall Rule One: The Doctor Lies

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