Episode three continues where episode two left of but there is no need to go back and watch that one first if you missed it. However it was a decent episode in its own right so I would recommend going back and watching it at some point.
Anyway episode three is entitled thin Ice and is set during the last great frost fair which was held in London in 1814. The Doctor arrive to find Londoners playing games, getting merry as well as mysterious lights under the ice.
Thin Ice is perhaps more about the Doctor’s story than it is about Bill. However there is a lot of interplay between them and Bill also gets the big choice of the episode. That choice felt quite similar to the one Amy Pond made in the Beast Below, the stakes were high for both of these choices and I am glad Bill chose the right one.
One of the things I liked most about this episode was the fact that the Doctor was able to be a bit more of a detective. It is something we have seen a lot more in this series and I really hope it continues. We also get to see the Doctor teaching Bill a bit more and I also really like the whole student teacher thing they have got going on in this series.
Thin Ice also has a racial and slavery subtext to it as well as touching on child poverty and I think it handled it all pretty well. This all comes to a front near the latter stages of the episode with an excellent monologue from theDoctor himself. Watching the bad guy get put in his place was incredibly satisfying, especially once the episode was over.
Speaking of the end of the episode, we get a couple of brief glimpses of Nardole. When he goes to check out the vault Nardole and the audience both get a surprise, something from the other side knocks on the door. Many people have already started speculating what is on the other side and I am really looking forward to the big reveal.
Below is the doctor’s monologue.
The Doctor: I preferred it when you were alien.
Sutcliffe: When I was…
The Doctor: Well, that would explain the lack of humanity. What makes you so sure your life is worth more than those people out there on the ice? Is it the money? The accident of birth, that puts you inside the big, fancy house.
Sutcliffe: I help move this country forward. I move this Empire forward.
The Doctor: Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. An unimportant life. A life without privilege. The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age, that’s… what defines a species.
Sutcliffe: What a beautiful speech. The rhythm and vocabulary, quite outstanding. It’s enough to move anyone with an ounce of compassion.
So it’s really not your day, is it?