|Air date||22 April 2017|
|Written by||Frank Cottrell Boyce|
|Directed by||Lawrence Gough|
|The Pilot||Thin Ice|
Smile is the
infamous unfinished Beach Boys album second episode of the Series 10, and it features robots with emojis for faces. It was foretold to be a thing in late 2016 under the title of The Emoji Planet, and naturally the autists on /who/ desperately wished that this would turn out to be yet another rumour, like Missy turning out to be the Rani, or there being any more missing episodes out there. But alas, the Moffuck was insistent that if he had to do one more year in the living hell of producing Doctor Who, then he was going to drag us all down with him, and that meant bringing back the author of everybody's favourite episode.
95% of the episode is the Doctor, Pete, and Bill developing their relationship, and 5% is actual action. Oh also emojibots or something. Oh also a city made out of robots. Ralf Little was also incredibly underused.
GRIEF AS PLAGUE
So asBill wants to visit the future and the Doctor wants to get away from Nardole so they end up on some future earth colony where tiny flying robots have eaten all the settlers to death. The colony itself is actually made of the robots and they like it when people are happy and will strip the flesh from your bones when you're sad. Hence, smile! BRAVO BOYCE.
A lot more people are about to wake up and get eaten so the Doctor, Pete, and asBill find themselves in a race against time to sort out the man-eating robot problem before the surviving members of the human race are wiped out. It's a simple premise but works fine.
(That is until the final 10 or so minutes when Boyce has no idea how to tie up the story, loses the fucking plot and thematically derails the episode into some bullshit about the robots being a new species.)
In a word... 💩
Mehhhh. Fairly alright compared to In the Forest of the Night. Miles ahead of ItFotN. Bill continues to be the worst companion since Amy, and the Emojibots didn't turn out to be retarded le memery like we all feared. It wasn't excellent. Pete continues to rise in the ranks of beta companions, overcoming Rory to become second-best male companion since Jacked Hardness.
Some kino cinematography. And the design of the colony was pretty good too.
In the end, the emoji robots were not as ham-fisted in to appeal to the kids as we originally thought. They actually added to the plot in a meaningful and interesting way, and they were good spooks. Significantly better than expected, 8/10.
"OMG Y U GUISE ALWAYS GOTTA B NEGATIV U CARNT JUDGE IT YET CUZ IT NOT OWT! U MUST RESURV UR OPINION UNTIL IT AIRS, THEN 1NCE IT DOES AIR KEEP UR OPINION 2 URSELF BECUZ DR WHO IS PERFECT & IF U DISSAGREE THEN SAY SUMTHING NICE! SQUEEEEEEE!"
Sane, reserved, logical /who/ response
How hype are you guys for this?
>people on GB are saying its VNA level dark
>emoticon like creatures
>12 gives Bill a "shock of her life"
>'Is the man she's trusted so long really a hero after all? Is he even her friend?'
> "This might be where you can argue that the new approach is, for the first time, seen uncluttered by any of the old approach."
>Moffat said the ending scene in the tardis is his favorite scene in the Series
>Moffat said in DWM that Boyce (writer of episode) was going to stick around 'for a long time, I promise you' implying the script is 😂👌
>android insult in episode