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::: Here's the thing: the description "sea serpent" has '''not''' been given. Only in-universe descriptions count. I would consider using the name from the script. But an interview? What if the writer gives an interview and calls it a "river monster" and then a director calls it an "ice serpent"? The only point of second-guessing the creators is to drop the dab term. For instance, [[Stingray]] is indeed better than "Species (Planet of the Dead)", partly because the shape was quite distinct, partly because there was a period of time till the name stabilised in the discussions of the episode, partly because it appeared in the script. If the dab term stays anyway, it would be much easier to find by "creature" because everyone agrees it is one. Whether it's a serpent, a snake, a monster or something else is down to everyone's imagination. By choosing one of the options, we're cutting off all the others. I would keep it as is for now and wait till the mud settles. Maybe there will be a clear winner in half a year. [[User:Amorkuz|Amorkuz]] [[User talk:Amorkuz|<span title="Talk to me">☎</span>]] 17:05, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
 
::: Here's the thing: the description "sea serpent" has '''not''' been given. Only in-universe descriptions count. I would consider using the name from the script. But an interview? What if the writer gives an interview and calls it a "river monster" and then a director calls it an "ice serpent"? The only point of second-guessing the creators is to drop the dab term. For instance, [[Stingray]] is indeed better than "Species (Planet of the Dead)", partly because the shape was quite distinct, partly because there was a period of time till the name stabilised in the discussions of the episode, partly because it appeared in the script. If the dab term stays anyway, it would be much easier to find by "creature" because everyone agrees it is one. Whether it's a serpent, a snake, a monster or something else is down to everyone's imagination. By choosing one of the options, we're cutting off all the others. I would keep it as is for now and wait till the mud settles. Maybe there will be a clear winner in half a year. [[User:Amorkuz|Amorkuz]] [[User talk:Amorkuz|<span title="Talk to me">☎</span>]] 17:05, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
 
:::: If we could somehow find the official script. --[[User:Danniesen|DCLM]] [[User talk:Danniesen|<span title="Talk to me">☎</span>]] 19:41, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
 
:::: If we could somehow find the official script. --[[User:Danniesen|DCLM]] [[User talk:Danniesen|<span title="Talk to me">☎</span>]] 19:41, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
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:::::The [http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/2yFMsgp0wSJ8gJ21MQp8yH9/the-thames-ice-snake official ''Doctor Who'' website] calls this creature the "Thames Ice Snake." - [[User:The Time Lord|The Time Lord]] [[User talk:The Time Lord|<span title="Talk to me">☎</span>]] 05:31, May 11, 2017 (UTC)

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I think it should be renamed as Sea serpent (Thin Ice). Moffat himself referred to it multiple times as a serpent. --DCLM 19:08, April 30, 2017 (UTC)

I'd like to hear some direct quotes from the episode on the subject. OS25 (Talk) 23:07, April 30, 2017 (UTC)
As I said Moffat himself called it a serpent, it is obviously not IN the episode. --DCLM 23:21, April 30, 2017 (UTC)
The Doctor referred to it as Tiny if this helps at all in the naming process. StevieGLiverpool 00:00, May 1, 2017 (UTC)
Didn't he also refer to it as the "Not-So-Little Mermaid"? :P TheFartyDoctor Talk 00:27, May 1, 2017 (UTC)
As I recall, the Doctor were merely nicknaming to refer to the size of it. --DCLM 09:20, May 1, 2017 (UTC)
Just a thought: why is everyone calling it a sea creature or serpent etc.? It lived in a river for centuries and it is not clear (from one watching) that it's even terrestrial. Wouldn't it be safer to call it an aquatic creature/serpent/...? Amorkuz 23:13, May 1, 2017 (UTC)
Isn't it safer to go with a description that has been given? I mean, nowhere is it referred to as "aquatic creature/serpent". The Doctor gave a number of names, but they were obvious as nicknames. Sutcliffe said "creature", but that seems like a generic description that could be given to any living thing. I still say it should be Sea serpent (Thin Ice) as that was a description Moffat gave. --DCLM 09:28, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
Here's the thing: the description "sea serpent" has not been given. Only in-universe descriptions count. I would consider using the name from the script. But an interview? What if the writer gives an interview and calls it a "river monster" and then a director calls it an "ice serpent"? The only point of second-guessing the creators is to drop the dab term. For instance, Stingray is indeed better than "Species (Planet of the Dead)", partly because the shape was quite distinct, partly because there was a period of time till the name stabilised in the discussions of the episode, partly because it appeared in the script. If the dab term stays anyway, it would be much easier to find by "creature" because everyone agrees it is one. Whether it's a serpent, a snake, a monster or something else is down to everyone's imagination. By choosing one of the options, we're cutting off all the others. I would keep it as is for now and wait till the mud settles. Maybe there will be a clear winner in half a year. Amorkuz 17:05, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
If we could somehow find the official script. --DCLM 19:41, May 2, 2017 (UTC)
The official Doctor Who website calls this creature the "Thames Ice Snake." - The Time Lord 05:31, May 11, 2017 (UTC)
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