Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 1/31/18 6:27 pm
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This story (and the next one on this list) are part of a group of stories that were supposed to be in Season 27 of Classic Who but were scrapped once the show was cancelled in 1989. Thankfully the scripts still exists from each writer and thus they serve as an interesting look into what might've been for the Seventh Doctor had the show continued onward. I hope to tackle more of these in the future with many of the classic Doctors but for my relevant interests, blog entries, and my slight favoritism towards Seven, these two were first on my list. "Thin Ice" in particular was meant to be an important story as it reveals the true intentions of the Seventh Doctor towards his companion Ace and what his ultimate motives and plans were for her in the show (which I won't spoil here). However with the show's cancellation, those plans never happenned and while the story, script, and intentions have remained intact for this audio the ultimate outcome of those plans have been changed to fit where it's new place is in Big Finish and the Seventh Doctor canon. Needless to say, this is a story with a history behind it that enhances its reputation a little but it also happens to be a damn good adventures in its own right even without that extra baggage. The overriding plot of the Russian KGB using Ice Warrior technology for their own purposes and the Doctor and Ace being used as part of a heist narrative for the first half is an intriguing one and then when things turn more sci-fi in the second half it's oddly appropriate. McCoy and Aldred continue to be amazing as our TARDIS pair. McCoy in particular sounds like he's having a lot of fun recording this story as this is the kind of deceptive and secretive environment that his Doctor really excels in. His motivations are also interesting in what his plans end up being for Ace even if they don't really go anywhere by the end and it does a good job at touching the mystery of the bureaucracy of the Time Lords themselves. The side cast is also great as well. Ricky Groves as Marcus Creevy is a lovably interesting thief in Moscow for a mission and Beth Chalmers as the KGB lieutenant Raina is good. The names do sort of ring a bell considering the next story in this series involves a similarly named new companion for Seven and yes that goes exactly where you would expect. In terms of the Warriors themselves, I was expecting their appearance and involvement in this story to go in one direction and while it does to a degree, it pulled enough of a twist that I was still a bit surprised by it. Nicholas Briggs once again plays the Warriors with raspy accuracy and the character of Hhessh in particular is well written especially in his surprising connection with Ace that's built up over the course of the audio. The soundscape is very well realized and 60's Moscow is brought to life in chilly fashion with the suitable Russian touches, decent voice acting, and it ends up fitting well with the Ice Warriors themselves in terms of environment. While the climax is a little messy and a lot of the buildup lost given what was set up, "Thin Ice" is a fantastic story for the Ice Warriors and the Seventh Doctor that's suitably fun, interesting, and chillingly clever.