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"Thin Ice" uses a light touch and timely themes to bolster an episode driven more by character development than high-stakes drama.
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.
In Thin Ice, the Londoners look remarkably clean (a smudge here and there), the violence is mild and the language is censored.
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!
Overall, Thin Ice is a satisfying episode that isn't afraid to get serious at times.
This is what Doctor Who is made for. Monster of the week storytelling is back, with no massive, invasive season arcs distracting from this week's core story.
Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 3 really strayed too far into whole plot references to be altogether enjoyable for its own sake.
After watching the first three episodes, it feels as though Steven Moffat and company have done a marvelous job of accomplishing that mission by getting back to the basics.
With "Thin Ice"... we get the sense that [writer Sarah Dollard's] been able to explore the topics that are important to her, worth talking about, and don't pull any punches.
With "Thin Ice," writer Sarah Dollard follows up last season's "Face the Raven" with another successful episode whose central focus is the relationship between the Doctor ... and his companion-in this case, Bill.