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Thin Ice (audio story)

Thin Ice
Thin ice cover
Adapted from: Ice Time
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: Major Felnikov
The Ice Warriors
Main setting: Moscow, the Soviet Union and London, November 1967
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Ken Bentley
Release details
Release number: 2.03
Release date: April 2011
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
ISBN 978-1-84435-490-0
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Thin Ice is an audio play based on the unproduced story Ice Time, which was originally scheduled as one of the stories for the planned Season 27, which was supposed to air in 1990. However, the cancellation of the series made these plans moot.

This story puts to the forefront the Seventh Doctor's ulterior motive for raising up Ace: he wished to groom her for entrance into the Time Lord Academy if she was willing to join them. While the Cartmel Masterplan would have designated this as Ace's departure story and Raine Creevey's start as the new primary companion for the Doctor, the audio adaptation skewed from the original intentions of writer Andrew Cartmel and instead saw Ace decline the Doctor's offer and elect to keep traveling with him. The change in narrative allowed Big Finish Productions to keep charting its own course for Ace.

Publisher's summary edit

Moscow 1967. The Doctor and Ace have arrived behind the Iron Curtain, and the Soviet Union is seeking a new weapon that will give it mastery in the Cold War.

What is the secret of the Martian relics? As the legendary War Lord Sezhyr returns to life, the Doctor is faced with some of his oldest and deadliest enemies.

The fate of Earth – and the future of Ace – are now intertwined...

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  • Ace is unfamiliar with the Russian words "glasnost" and "perestroika". The Doctor notes that they would not become well known in the West until several years after her native time.
  • The Doctor claims to have last visited the Kremlin centuries earlier.
  • Ace anachronistically refers to Roger Moore as the current James Bond. Markus Creevy says that Moore is the star of the television series The Saint.
  • The Doctor, Ace, Markus and Raina attend the ceremony in Red Square marking the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution on 7 November 1967. They see Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the first person and first woman in space respectively, on the podium. The Doctor explains to Ace that the celebration of the October Revolution is held in November as Russia was still using the Julian calendar, which was eleven days behind the Gregorian calendar, in 1917.
  • This is Ace's first encounter with the Ice Warriors.
  • The Ice Warrior Lord Hhessh has grown fond of fish fingers.
  • Lt. Raina Kerenskaya is from Kiev while her grandfather was a fur-trapper in the Ukraine. As of November 1967, she is fifteen weeks pregnant.
  • At the end of her visit to London in 1967, Ace is disappointed that she has not seen a single hippie.
  • Sezhyr is a hero of the Dust Rebellion.

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  • This story deals with Ace's departure as it was meant to happen, though the Virgin New Adventures and DWM comic strips both had other endings for her. However, she did not leave. Discussion between the various parties involved with the production resulted in the conclusion that Ace would never have left anyway.
  • Ice Time, the unproduced television story on which this story is based, was set in 1960s London.
  • This story takes place in November 1967, the same month as the original broadcast of TV: The Ice Warriors in which the eponymous aliens made their debut.
  • This is the first audio drama to feature the Seventh Doctor and Ace travelling without another companion since AUDIO: The Rapture in September 2002. Either Hex or Bernice Summerfield had appeared in all of the stories featuring the pair in the interim.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 30 September and 1 October 2010.

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