Critic Consensus: "Thin Ice" uses a light touch and timely themes to bolster an episode driven more by character development than high-stakes drama.
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While the lines weren't quite as quippy as the earlier episodes, [writer Sarah Dollard's] dialogue was compelling and revealing, and her character work was top notch.
All in all, a light, fun episode, with a an effective bit of a dig at the evils of capitalism, but mostly just an extended riff on the idea of a "big fish story."
There was a giddy, nostalgic tone to this adventure, from its rollicking pace to old-school touches like our heroes being tied up back-to-back.
An immensely fun episode despite the darker material it played with, which is why it worked so well.
"Thin Ice" is the sort of story people love when it is safely in the '70s, but who wonder if it is talking about them now. Good. Art is politics, and Doctor Who, in the age of Trump, has brought a Tardis to a gunfight!
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