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See broadcasts for BBC OneThin Ice (3/12 Series 10)

Last updated 29 December 2018
Broadcast: Saturday 29th April 2017
7:20pm-8:10pm BST (18:20 GMT) < > « » Premiere < > « »
(actually broadcast at 19:23:30)
Featuring: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Pearl Mackie

London, 1814. The city has turned out for the biggest frost fair in decades, but on the frozen Thames, revellers are disappearing, snatched through the ice.

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC
Final chart position for Thin Ice

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 3.760m viewers (overnight), 20.4% audience share, 4th place day, 25th place week
Consolidated figures: 5.608m viewers (+7 days), 26.5% audience share, 25th place - BARB Week Top 30 Chart, AI 84
Additional figures: 5.870m viewers (+28 days) (25th place)

Overnights: Top for the day was ITV's Britains's Got Talent, which had 8.27 million watching. Top on BBC One was the comedy series All Round to Mrs Brown's with 4.74 million viewers. Casualty just edged ahead of Doctor Who with 3.90 million, pushing Doctor Who into fourth place for the day, just ahead of Pointless Celebrities which had 3.73 million. [source: Doctor Who News]

7 Day Consolidated: Top for the week was ITV's Britain's Got Talent with 10.60 million watching. Drama's doing well include BBC One's Line of Duty with 9.92 million and ITV's Little Boy Blue with 7.17 million. Doctor Who sliped behind the soaps EastEnders and Emmerdale as well as Coronation Street. [source: Doctor Who News]


BARB Reports

TV: Live+VOSDAL: 3.76m; Timeshift+7: 5.61m; Timeshift+28: 0.26m (5.87m total)

BARB TV Player reports: 134556/14th (w/e 30 Apr 2017), 125593/17th (7 May 2017)


Thin Ice (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)DRAMA London, 1814: a vast mud-caked creature wails in anguish down by the Thames... No, it's not Tom Hardy returning unexpectedly early as James Keziah Delaney in Taboo. We are in the exact same year and setting, but Doctor Who delivers a far less squallid depiction of Regency London - its street urchins are quite well turned out.

The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs on the Thames, where revellers and children have been vanishing under the ice. There are monsters at large - if not the kind we first imagine. "Regency England is a bit more black than they show in the movies," observes Bill, wary that in this period "slavery is still totally a thing". Indeed, undercurrents of bondage, racism and inhumanity soon bubble to the surface.

Thin Ice is a superb episode, written by Sarah Dollard, in which Bill asks questions that cut to the core of the Doctor's morality. Pearl Mackie is a remarkably empathic prescence, while Peter Capaldi is the finest he's ever been at the wit, fury and remoteness of the Time Lord.

Credit: Radio Times (p44)