Doctor Who 10.3: “Thin Ice” - Episode Review
Now, I like Doctor Who. That should be no surprise to anyone. After all, it would be a very strange man or woman who would dedicate their free time to writing about a show they disliked, much less swanning off to their local con in their AbbyShot coat and other assorted costuming to tell people, “Meh. Doctor Who. Don’t really care for it myself.” But even the most die hard fan knows that it’s not without the odd bum episode. Some will even tell you how much they adore Doctor Who “except for [insert entire decade here].” So the remarkable thing about Thin Ice isn’t that it’s a great episode (and it is) but that it’s the third great episode in a row. Traditionally once you’re at the third episode of the season, the brilliance of one or two of the episodes has been offset by one that feels like a hurried, unfocused, last minute effort. Series Five gave us the utter perfection of “The Eleventh Hour”, on which heels “The Beast Below” and “Victory of the Daleks” rapidly followed to lower the mood. “The Impossible Astronaut” two-parter was startling stuff… and then “The Curse of the Black Spot” happened. The thrilling and wonderful “Bells of St. John” led into “The Rings of Akhaten” – an episode that was jaw dropping for all the wrong reasons.