Smile – there is new Doctor Who on a weekly basis right now. Episode two of series ten was an off world, first trip to the future for Bill and the Doctor. It included emoji speaking robots, snark, and Peter Capaldi smiling awkwardly.
Things I enjoyed about “Smile”:
- Bill! (Okay, I think this might be a weekly thing that I’m happy about). But I specifically enjoyed her questioning nature in the early part of this episode – questions about the locations of the chairs in the TARDIS and question mundane things that as fans we probably have asked about at some point or another.
- I like the equip about the English language having devolved into emojis and a number of the emoji jokes made me giggle.
- The location of this episode and the scenery was gorgeous! *inset heart eyes emoji*
- That Frank Cottrell Boyce named the Vardy after Canadian scientist Andrew Vardy from Memorial University in Newfoundland who specializes in swam robotics.
Things I wasn’t so keen on:
- The human reactions to the robots – the immediate desire to kill everything felt a bit off.
- The ending of the episode and the giant reset button which fixed everything seemed like an easy way out.
- This episode felt a bit unoriginal – it reminded me a lot of the vardy reminded me a lot of the vashta nerada and the plot reminded me of the nanogenes from “Doctor Dances” that simply misunderstand how the human race. There were also a number of similarities between this episode and New Earth in terms of early Doctor/companion adventures.