Doctor Who “Thin Ice” (Series 10 Episode 3) Review 

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Well Doctor Who just had it’s third episode of the series and I have to say I enjoyed it! 

        *MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*


What I Liked

– Seeing Sarah Dollard return to write for Doctor Who. I enjoyed “Face The Raven,” in Series 9 and I think she should become a mainstay on Doctor Who.

– 1814 London, it seemed like an interesting time.

– A period episode that WASN’T during the Victorian period. I love the Paternoster gang, but there are other time periods besides the Victorian era.

– I enjoyed the relationship building between the Doctor and Bill. Bill is really starting to grow as a character and I like her chemistry with the 12th Doctor.

– The idea that you don’t pilot the TARDIS, but that you negotiate with it.

– Twelve mentioning how he had been to the Frost Fair a few times, that was a nice nod to past adventures.

– How the Doctor admired the sales man “con artist” and was able to steal half a dozen or more pies from him without the man realizing it haha.

– Bill seeing someone die, she had to learn sooner or later that traveling with the Doctor isn’t all fun and games.

– When The Doctor took his screwdriver from the little boy who was drowning rather than saving him. That was pretty dark.

– Bill’s reaction to the Doctor after he let the little boy die and her being disgusted and angry with him.

– When the Doctor says:  “I am 2,000 years old, I don’t have time for outrage.” That line spoke volumes for his character.

– The Doctor explaining to Bill that he has to move on from all the bad things that happen(while on his many adventures) including people dying because otherwise it would drive him insane and he wouldn’t be able to save more lives. He wants to save the lives he can.

– The idea that there was a creature living under The Thames in London in 1814 and probably long before that.

– The Doctor tricking the foreman into revealing everything about Lord Sutcliffe’s secret operation, that part was hilarious! 

– Using the creature’s waste as a source of fuel and how the foreman had no idea it was fish poop.

– Bill’s reaction when she says “no shhh..!” Then it cuts off, that was pretty funny.

– Twelve punching Lord Sutcliffe in the face for being a racist!

– The Doctor’s speech about the value of a life, it was very moving and just showed how Capaldi nails those epic and moving speeches every single time.

– Bill hearing the Doctor’s speech about the value of life and realizing how compassionate he is and how complicated of a man he is as well.

– The creature not being the villain, but instead being a victim and the real villain being a rich man.

– The Doctor asking permission from Bill to either keep the creature chained or to free it. This echoes what happened in “Kill The Moon,” but Twelve approached and handled it much better this time around. 

– The Doctor forging Lord Sutcliffe’s will to give his inheritance to the poor street urchins after his “unfortunate” demise.

– The Twelfth Doctor flipping a coin to get Nardole off his back about his “oath” to decide whether to stay put at the University or to keep traveling and go on many more adventures.

– Hearing banging on the vault from the inside. Who or What is in there! Is it The Mondasian Cybermen? Is it a portal to another planet, “The Tenth Planet” or another dimension? Is it The Master? 

– Nardole and his sort of interaction with who or what is in the vault. That part had me very intrigued.

– Is it more important that someone doesn’t gain access to the vault or that who or what is inside gets out?

What I disliked:

– The premise, it’s been done before. This was a retread of “The Beast Below,” with shades of “Kill The Moon” mixed in there.

– Lord Sutcliffe, he was a pretty cheesy villain and was a throwaway character.

Overall I enjoyed the episode, and I am enjoying Series 10, it feels refreshing and new to me. 

I cannot wait to see what happens this series and next weeks episode looks particularly creepy!

What say you? Did you enjoy “Thin Ice?” What do you think is in the vault? Whatever your thoughts let me know!




Doctor Who “Smile” Review

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Well I have to say I am so HAPPY Doctor Who is back! This is shaping up to be a good series and I love the new companion!

*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

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My Top 12 Twelfth Doctor Moments Part II

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Well it’s the beginning of the end folks, Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the current series, but instead of being sad let’s rejoice and remember the best moments of The Twelfth Doctor!

*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

The 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) clearly has been an inconsistent character, and divided a lot of fans, but he has still had some amazing moments! Here is Part II of My Top 12 Twelfth Doctor Moments!

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8. Twelve Tries To Convince Clara He is STILL THE Doctor

In the Series 8 opener, “Deep Breath,” the Doctor has just regenerated and is going through post-regenerative trauma. He doesn’t recognize Clara and thinks everyone including Jenny, Clara and Strax is speaking differently and have different accents, when in actuality the Doctor has developed a Scottish accent!

The Twelfth Doctor is more abrasive, rude, and mean and it is very offputting to Clara (this becomes so ridiculous that Madame Vastra has to call Clara out on it to make her realize this old and crotchety man is still the Doctor) and she doesn’t recognize the Doctor anymore.

This noticeably upsets the Doctor because Clara and him have become best friends, so he feels like he is losing his friend. Apparently the Doctor anticipated this and calls her (this version being his previous self) trying to convince Clara he is still the same man.

Unfortunately for the Doctor, Clara still is unconvinced which leads to this reaction from The Twelfth Doctor:

“You can’t see me, can you? You look at me and you can’t see me. You have any idea what that’s like? I’m not on the phone, I’m right HERE standing infront of you. Please just, just see me.”

This line speaks volumes for how Twelve feels at that moment and is desperately trying to prove to his friend that he is still the same man. It’s very touching and is a great scene to show that despite what happens throughout his early run, Twelve cares what Clara thinks of him and he really cares for Clara too. This is a great moment for The Twelfth Doctor and really shapes his relationship with Clara.

 

12dalek7. The Doctor Connects His Mind With A Dalek (Rusty) To Try and Get Him To Stop Killing

In Series 8 Episode 2 “Into The Dalek,” the Doctor and Clara embark on a dangerous mission which requires them to go inside of a Dalek because it has malfunctioned.

Once the Doctor realizes what the problem is and “fixes” it, the Dalek begins killing people which leads Clara to convince the Doctor that he needs to stop the Dalek from killing anymore people.

The Doctor links his mind in an attempt to show the Dalek the beauty of the universe, and is a touching moment until the Doctor fails and the Dalek sees the Doctor’s hatred for the Daleks and focuses on that. This leads the Dalek to realize that Daleks are the enemy and he seeks out all other Daleks and begins exterminating them (see what I did there? 😉 ).

Despite the Twelfth Doctor’s failure in this particular situation, this moment shows that Twelve is willing to go to any lengths to save people including trying to reprogram the mind of a killing machine.

 

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6. The Twelfth Doctor Realizes What Kind of Man He Is

Throughout The Twelfth Doctor’s first season he keeps asking “am I a good man?” and seriously wonders if he is still the same Doctor who (no pun intended) deep down is a good man, just trying to do the right thing in every situation.

In the Series 8 finale “Death in Heaven,” the Twelfth Doctor is faced with zombified Cybermen controlled by his childhood friend (The Master) turned enemy now regenerated into a female body as Missy (Michelle Gomez) and struggles with the type of man he is once again. Then all of a sudden it hits the Doctor like a ton of bricks:

 

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This moment is great because it is a moment of clarity for The Twelfth Doctor where he realizes he is just making it up as he goes and cannot do it alone and that’s why he doesn’t need an army because he has his companions to help bim. This is one of my favorite moments because it is both humorous and very deep for the Doctor and The Twelfth Doctor in particular.

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5. The Twelfth Doctor Gets Very Emotional and Smashes The TARDIS Console

In the Series 8 finale “Death in Heaven,” after the Twelfth Doctor with the help of Danny Pink stops an invasion of Cybermen from taking over the Earth, the Doctor tells Clara he found Gallifrey (which is a lie) and he is going to return home.

We see a flashback of The Twelfth Doctor following the coordinates that Missy gave him hoping to find Gallifrey. Sadly Missy lied to the Doctor and the planet was nowhere to be found. The Doctor looks outside the TARDIS doors in space hoping to see any sign of Gallifrey, but when he realizes it’s nowhere to be found, he begins punching and smashing the TARDIS console in frustration.

This moment is powerful because it shows that The Twelfth Doctor desperately wants to find his home planet of Gallifrey and when he fails to, he lets his emotions get the better of him. This scene is so emotional and you really feel for the Doctor and wish you could comfort him somehow.

Well this concludes Part II, be on the lookout for Part III!

What say you? What is your favorite Twelfth Doctor moment? Whatever your thoughts let me know!