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Thin Ice

Another of the Big Finish "missing stories", this one drastically expanded by Marc Platt from a note he did for Andrew Cartmel shortly before Old Who was cancelled. I find Platt's work a bit hit and miss, but this was a hit for me: the setting in Moscow in 1967, with the human side of Cold War relations between Britain and Russia colliding with Ice Warriors hunting a malevolent relic and also a plot line which I recognised from one of the later BBC webcast stories. There's a slightly dubious sfnal enhancement of the human reproductive process, and I also found the music occasionally intrusive and not a perfect match for the 60s setting (though an excuse for that is given in the commentary extras). Those points apart, it is so much better than last year's Sixth Doctor/Ice Warrior teamup, the dreadful Mission to Magnus, which should have stayed lost. Thin Ice was worth reviving.

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cassiphone
May. 28th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
SPOILERS FOR THIN ICE IN THIS COMMENT
I've really enjoyed the depiction of the Ice Warriors in Big Finish - first in Bernice Summerfield, then in the Eighth Doctor Adventures, and this one was one of my favourites. Lots of crunchy action for Ace! The combination of Cold War Russia and Ice Warriors was just so splendid, and the image of the Ice Warrior regularly vanishing out the window of the hotel room was very appealing!

I spent most of the story dreading that the character of Raina would be killed off the second her baby was born, one of my least favourite story tropes, and was quite shocked at her being unexpectedly saved... the way she was taken over by the Ice Warrior was really powerfully done.
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