Tiny, the Lock-Less monster, the Not-So-Little Mermaid
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A creature which resembled a giant fish was imprisoned under the River Thames until 1814. (Thin Ice)
The creature was massive in size, easily several times that of a whale. It shared many similarities with lure fish, namely the overall shape of its body, its fins and its bioluminescent lure on its forehead. The creature was female and could produce several offspring who were the size of regular lure fish.
The creature’s race were extremely long-lived and could potentially live for centuries, perhaps even millennia.
The Twelfth Doctor affirmed they were of terrestrial origin, perhaps from Earth’s prehistoric era like the Silurians and the Sea Devils. (Thin Ice)
The creatures were carnivorous and fed on meat, mostly humans. (Thin Ice)
The creature’s presence alone seemed to cause intensely cold temperatures, enough to freeze the whole River Thames solid in winter.
The creature’s feces made for an ideal fossil fuel. It could burn slower and longer than coal, and could even burn underwater. (Thin Ice)
Neither the Doctor nor Bill knew what would happen when the creature was freed. Instead of lashing out at her captors, the creature, once freed, swam away to the ocean. Despite her colossal size, she was careful not to harm anyone or collide with the bridges and buildings lining the river at South Bank. (Thin Ice)
For an undetermined amount of time, possibly spanning centuries, the creature and her offspring were chained up under the river Thames by Sutcliffe’s family. They somehow discovered that its feces made for an ideal fossil fuel that burned longer and hotter than coal and decided to sell it to amass wealth and power. In order to ensure a constant supply, they would subtly influence the Frost Fairs that took place every year on the river Thames and have the offspring feed humans to their mother.
During the Frost Fair of 1814, the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts arrived, the TARDIS having detected the creature’s presence. Once they realized what was happening and that The creature was as much a victim as the people she was forced to eat, they freed her and defeated Sutcliffe. After she was freed, the creature and her offspring swam away to some northern location to live in peace. (Thin Ice)