TV Review – ‘Smile’ (Doctor Who)

Hello everyone! 🙂

I’m afraid I missed seeing this episode on its initial transmission yesterday via BBC One. Thankfully, I was able to catch up and see this episode on my tablet via BBC iPlayer. I enjoyed watching ‘Smile’, the second episode of Series 10 of ‘Doctor Who’ and it’s a great one with the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.

This episode is by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who last contributed to the TV series with ‘In The Forest of the Night’ from Series 8. This is an intriguing story about the Doctor and Bill visiting an off-world human colony where all of the colonists are missing. The planet is empty, except for the Emojibots.

The Emojibots are robots that use emojis for communication. It was fun and interesting to see these robots with faces like this 🙂 and faces like this 😦 a lot of the time. The Doctor and Bill discover something is wrong as the colonists are killed by their grief, which the Emojibots don’t know about.

The relationship between the Doctor and Bill develops strongly in this episode. Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie bounce off each other so well and I like the interaction between them. Bill gets curious about what and who the Doctor is and why he does the things he does when they have adventures.

Matt Lucas doesn’t have a major part to play as Nardole as he’s only at the beginning of this episode. I wonder why Nardole is in this series at all since he doesn’t seem to be doing much so far. I was pleasantly surprised to see Mina Anwar in this, since she’d appeared in ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’.

There were some pretty horrific moments at the beginning to which I was shocked by, including people getting killed and we see their skeletons and skulls. As well as the Emojibots, there was also a swarm of nanobots that kills people, which happens when you’re not ‘smiling’ – hence this episode’s title.

‘Smile’ has been an enjoyable and impressive episode from Series 10. I enjoyed the interaction between the Doctor and Bill in this episode as they’re forming a good Doctor-companion relationship. The Emojibots were pretty good and the plot was very tense and engaging throughout.

Next week’s episode is called ‘Thin Ice’ by Sarah Dollard.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

And have you noticed me ‘smiling’ at the end of this review! 😀


2 thoughts on “TV Review – ‘Smile’ (Doctor Who)

  1. Excellent mini review Tim, i was impressed by this episode it was a easy to follow adventure with good performances by Peter Capaldi & Pearl Mackie & was at times a eerie episode.

    This episode me gripped from start to finish & Bill is such a wonderful companion, i agree with you about Matt Lucas & i was pleased he wasn’t in the episode barring a small cameo as i think it works far better with just the Doctor & Bill.

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  2. Hi Simon.

    Glad you enjoyed my mini-review on this episode. Someday I’ll get onto to reviewing Series 9 and 10 in complete form reviews later on when I get the DVD box sets, which I’m looking forward to.

    Glad you enjoyed this episode and that you enjoyed the performances of Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. Yes, this was an easy to follow episode and I like it focused on the Doctor and Bill’s characters and wasn’t so overly complicated as other episodes tended to be.

    I’m getting to like Bill as a companion and she certainly ticks the boxes for a good companion, matching Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.

    I wonder why Nardole is in the series at all, since he’s mostly there for comic relief (mostly bad comic relief at that). I’m guessing Steven Moffat rolled Matt Lucas in so that he can appear in the series, since he happens to be a ‘Doctor Who’ fan, which is not a good thing if the character development doesn’t go anywhere. I could be wrong of course, but I’m looking to find out what happens later in the series. I agree with you that it works better with the Doctor and Bill in the series.

    Thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you enjoyed this review.

    Tim. 🙂


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