Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Two: Smile

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Two: Smile

Sum­mary: Don’t Worry be happy, or ELSE

Plot: The Doc­tor and Bill sneak out from under Nardole’s nose to visit one of the first human colonies where they dis­cover a bunch of robots that run on emo­jis but the Doc­tor notices the peo­ple are miss­ing, it turns out that being unhappy can be fatal, which might be a prob­lem when the rest of the colonists awake and find out what’s going on.
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Writ­ing: The first TARDIS trip is always inter­est­ing in a sense and Bill’s ques­tions are promis­ing. As has been the case over the last few years there is a heavy indi­ca­tion of the long term sea­son plot. The con­cept of the vil­lain is inter­est­ing as is the con­flict in Bill’s prac­ti­cal lower mid­dle class mind about escap­ing and stay­ing escaped. It’s a leg up over the pre­vi­ous episode but give how poor the pre­vi­ous one was, that’s not much of an accomplishment.

Act­ing: The only thing wrong with the act­ing in this episode is Nar­dole in the sense Matt Lucas isn’t in it much Peter Capaldi again shines and Pearl Mackie seems to be click­ing with him n s does a more than ade­quate job as Bill with strong hints of even bet­ter to come but it’s Matt Lucas’ Nar­dole again in a lesser role really makes it all come together.

Mem­o­rable Moments: You’re the Help line, I’m not mak­ing tea for her, the pound signs in the eyes.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The Help line ref­er­ence (1st Doc­tor Clara #3) Land­ing at the site of the next episode (shades of Sea­son 1 of of the orig­i­nal series) Migra­tion from Earth Ark in Space (4th doc­tor) Beast Below (11th Doctor)

Odd­i­ties: What exactly would the Vardis use as currency?

Pet Peeves: Given that the Earth is being evac­u­ated the idea that they never thought of pro­gram­ming the robot vardies to rec­og­nize or deal with grief or death is not credible.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya​.net transcripts

Bill: It’s a beau­ti­ful place.
The Doc­tor: All traps are beau­ti­ful that’s how they work.


Bill: You can’t reach the con­trols from the seats. What’s the point in that? Or do you have stretchy arms, like Mis­ter Fantastic?


The Doc­tor [OC]: Once, long ago, a fish­er­man caught a magic had­dock. The had­dock offered the fish­er­man three wishes in return for its life. The fish­er­man said, “I’d like my son to come home from the war, and a hun­dred pieces of gold.” The prob­lem is magic had­dock, like robots, don’t think like peo­ple. The fisherman’s son came home from the war in a cof­fin and the King sent a hun­dred gold pieces in recog­ni­tion of his heroic death. The fish­er­man had one wish left. What do you think he wished for?
(The colonists start wak­ing up again.) Some peo­ple say he should have wished for an infi­nite series of wishes, but if your city proves any­thing, it is that grant­ing all your wishes is not a good idea.
Bill: It’s okay. It’s not going to hurt you. Actu­ally, it doesn’t even know who you are.
Stead­fast: What hap­pened? What have you done?
The Doc­tor: In fact, the fish­er­man wished that he hadn’t wished the first two wishes. You see, in a way, he pressed the reset button.


Final Ver­dict: 3 12 stars I liked it bet­ter the 2nd time I watched it but it still seemed kinda aver­age, par­tic­u­larly for a first trip episode.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 2. Given how bad last weeks’ episode was that’s not a surprise

1st Smile
2nd The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: Doesn’t place but again that’s because the pre­vi­ous sea­sons were so good.

1st The Hus­bands of River Song
2nd. Last Christ­mas
3rd. The Care­taker
4th. The Return of Doc­tor Mys­te­rio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

Summary:  Don’t Worry be happy, or ELSE

Plot: The Doctor and Bill sneak out from under Nardole’s nose to visit one of the first human colonies where they discover a bunch of robots that run on emojis but the Doctor notices the people are missing, it turns out that being unhappy can be fatal, which might be a problem when the rest of the colonists awake and find out what’s going on.
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Writing: The first TARDIS trip is always interesting in a sense and Bill’s questions are promising.  As has been the case over the last few years there is a heavy indication of the long term season plot.   The concept of the villain is interesting as is the conflict in Bill’s practical lower middle class mind about escaping and staying escaped.  It’s a leg up over the previous episode but give how poor the previous one was, that’s not much of an accomplishment.

Acting:  The only thing wrong with the acting in this episode is Nardole in the sense Matt Lucas isn’t in it much Peter Capaldi again shines and Pearl Mackie seems to be clicking with him n   s does a more than adequate job as Bill with strong hints of even better to come but it’s Matt Lucas’ Nardole again in a lesser role really makes it all come together.

Memorable Moments:  You’re the Help line, I’m not making tea for her, the pound signs in the eyes.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  The Help line reference (1st Doctor Clara #3)  Landing at the site of the next episode (shades of Season 1 of of the original series) Migration from Earth Ark in Space (4th doctor) Beast Below (11th Doctor)

Oddities:  What exactly would the Vardis use as currency?

Pet Peeves:  Given that the Earth is being evacuated the idea that they never thought of programming the robot vardies to recognize or deal with grief or death is not credible.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Bill: It’s a beautiful place.
The Doctor: All traps are beautiful that’s how they work.


Bill: You can’t reach the controls from the seats. What’s the point in that? Or do you have stretchy arms, like Mister Fantastic?


The Doctor [OC]: Once, long ago, a fisherman caught a magic haddock. The haddock offered the fisherman three wishes in return for its life. The fisherman said, “I’d like my son to come home from the war, and a hundred pieces of gold.” The problem is magic haddock, like robots, don’t think like people. The fisherman’s son came home from the war in a coffin and the King sent a hundred gold pieces in recognition of his heroic death. The fisherman had one wish left. What do you think he wished for?
(The colonists start waking up again.)  Some people say he should have wished for an infinite series of wishes, but if your city proves anything, it is that granting all your wishes is not a good idea.
Bill: It’s okay. It’s not going to hurt you. Actually, it doesn’t even know who you are.
Steadfast: What happened? What have you done?
The Doctor: In fact, the fisherman wished that he hadn’t wished the first two wishes. You see, in a way, he pressed the reset button.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars I liked it better the 2nd time I watched it but it still seemed kinda average, particularly for a first trip episode.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 2. Given how bad last weeks’ episode was that’s not a surprise

1st Smile
2nd The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: Doesn’t place but again that’s because the previous seasons were so good.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek