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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…
Picking up at the exact point where last week’s Smile left us, Sarah Dollard’s second Doctor Who episode, Thin Ice, quickly moves its constituent parts into place. Even pre-credits, we’ve had the reveal of a big monster under the frozen River Thames, we’ve learned that the TARDIS has steered the Doctor and Bill to this place, and that danger lies ahead. A quick trip to the TARDIS wardrobe later – “the TARDIS has dresses?!” – and the Doctor and Bill are off in a London with a distinct Dickensian twinge to it.
But what’s this? Strange lights under the ice? Dollard’s script soon begins to escalate the mystery here, with Thin Ice going about its business a little quicker than the episodes we’ve seen thus far this series. We get children luring people to the lights, which then pull people down into the Thames and, more pertinently, the teeth of the massive creature we saw at the start. The internal logic of the story then plays out, with Nicholas Burns’ particularly slimey Lord Sutcliffe overseeing a plan that involves sacrificing people
But the episode entire works because the quiet moments really hit home, too. The sequence where firstly the Doctor questions why Bill doesn’t count the people who perished in Smile after she gets upset over seeing someone die in Thin Ice is swiftly countered. For she, in turn, interrogates the Doctor on just how many people he’s seen die. It's a terrific exchange.
It also proves to be peak Capaldi and Pearl Mackie – “I’ve never had time for the luxury of outrage” – with their eyes doing as much of the acting work as the words coming out of their mouths. The range of Pearl Mackie is given a workout too, not least in her character's realisation that progress from the past to the present day hasn’t been as dramatic as she’d like.
A solid, self-contained, well-told story that gives the standard of Doctor Who series 10 at a good level
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Monster – Werewolf
Episode – Tooth and Claw
Planet of Origin – Satellite 5 (Games Station)
Werewolves were creatures that appeared human but tranformed into beasts in the light of a full moon. The bite of a werewolf would turn the victim into a werewolf. Like it happened to Queen Victoria when the Tenth Doctor met her. A result of alien cells infecting a human host creating a half man, half wolf mutation. Transformation into a werewolf occurs during a full moon. With sharp claws and teeth, enhanced senses and powerful strength this is a deadly creature. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler encountered a Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform in 1879
Other types of werewold are also present in the universe - The Second Doctor encountered a werewolf in 3300 BC Italy. The Fifth Doctor and Turlough encountered Earth-based werewolves in 21st century Brazil. The Seventh Doctor and Ace met and befriended a Vulpanan werewolf named Mags in an era of space travel. Though good-natured, she had little control over her transformations. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) The Eighth Doctor, on a visit with Sam Jones to Saturnia Regina, encountered the Jax, a species thought extinct, who had in ancient times developed a virus controlled with technology that could turn people into werewolves.