Okay, it turns out I was wrong about this week’s episode. It’s set in 1814, which is not considered Victorian times. My bad. But it does give us a wonderful chance to see Twelve dressed as his alternate Ninth self from “Scream of the Shalka” (let us pause for a moment of silence to mourn the fact that they did not cast Richard E. Grant in the 2005 revival). Bill also had an awesome outfit, and I think she’s really starting to come into her own as a companion.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Doctor and Bill find themselves at the last great Frost Fair of 1814 (and per “A Good Man Goes to War”, Eleven, River, and Stevie Wonder are around here somewhere), and Bill is having the time of her life (so’s the Doctor; we rarely see him look so happy). But, of course, the TARDIS brought them to the Frost Fair for a reason, and they soon find themselves right in the middle of an investigation of the myriad disappearances surrounding the fair. There’s something underneath the ice, and that something is very, very hungry. But the hungry creature is under the control of a ruthless businessman who thinks only of the profits the creature brings and cares nothing for the people who get hurt in the process.
So far it seems as if the episodes are getting progressively better, which is a good thing. But it also has the side effect of making me realize the many different reasons I am going to miss Peter Capaldi. For instance, his interactions with the orphans in this week’s episode were so perfectly Doctorish. People talk about how well Eleven interacted with children, but I think Twelve’s interactions are…better, somehow. I can’t quite put my finger on it. And I liked the callbacks to Martha’s first trip in the past.
Any theories yet as to what’s in the vault? A lot of people have suspected it’s the Master, but I’m not sure it’s him. Valyard, maybe? I would totally love to see Twelve face off against the Valyard before he regenerates.
Next week, David Suchet guest stars! Hercule Poirot, hooray! It’s weird seeing him without the mustache.