TV Review Dr Who Smile

Photo taken by me – The Dr Who TARDIS in FAB Café Manchester
Preston, England
May 11, 2017 4:37am CST
Spoiler alerts The Doctor and Bill arrive on a planet that has been prepared for Earth colonists by an advance party and their robots. The trouble is, the humans have vanished, leaving the cute little robots reading people’s emotions through the emoji badges that register happiness levels. Danger arises if anyone shows sadness, in which case the sub-micro-nanobots that constitute the very fabric of the buildings, strip the sad humans to the bone and recycle them as fertilizer. The Doctor learns that a natural death among the advance crew has plunged the landing party into grief, and the nanobots have picked up on the sad emoji signals and slaughtered everyone. The Doctor races against time to sort the robots out before the rest of the Earth colonists awaken (having already arrived but still in suspended animation). The Emoji-bots are insufferably cute, looking like extras from Wall-E. I felt sorry for one when the Doctor uncharacteristically killed it with a spanner. The rather simplistic magic reset button premise of the ending, switching them off and on again to clear the programming glitch was rather a cop-out though I liked the Doctor inspiring the Emojis to act a ruthless landlords to keep the humans in check. The Emoji smile is replaced briefly with a row of £££££’s. We get to hear a little more of the Doctor supposedly staying in exile on Earth in our time to monitor some as yet unseen entity in a Panopticon style prison vault. No doubt this will unfold in future episodes. The closing teaser of the Frozen Thames in 1814 is a great introduction to the next adventure. Arthur Chappell
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@Hate2Iron (7299)
• Canada
11 May
I still prefer David Tennant as Dr. Who. I hate it when they change them even though that is part of the story line I know!!
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• Preston, England
11 May
@Hate2Iron without the regeneration idea the show would end when the actor in the leading role quits - it would have finished in 1965 if they hadn't thought of it then
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@Asylum (48361)
• Manchester, England
12 May
I had mixed emotions about this particular episode. The basic storyline was fine, but the overall production could certainly have been done better.
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• Preston, England
12 May
@Asylum the plot was simplistic - the Doctor failing to realize the Earth settlers had already landed was well handled
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@Asylum (48361)
• Manchester, England
12 May
@arthurchappell There appear to be plus and minus points with most of this series of episodes so far.
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• Preston, England
12 May
@Asylum that's been the case since the Hartnell years so nothing too new
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11 May
You're a bit behind on these, aren't you?!
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• Preston, England
11 May
@Poppylicious yes, being offline for the bulk of the convention week I have a lot to catch up on
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12 May
@arthurchappell Phew. I thought I was going a tad bonkers!
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• Preston, England
12 May
@Poppylicious I'm already very bonkers
@responsiveme (14290)
• India
11 May
Have seen lots of Dr Who books on my shopping spree during college days...Weekly book market but never tried as not really into sci..Fi When are you doing your signs
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• Preston, England
11 May
@responsiveme more signs soon, I promise as preparing my next talk on them at present
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• India
13 May
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@Corbin5 (88440)
• United States
11 May
Such a clever tale this one happens to be. Sad humans really endure an awful ending.
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• Preston, England
11 May
it was quite neat @Corbin5
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
18 May
I really enjoyed this episode. i think it was a perfect second adventure with Bill as the companion and Capaldi did wonderfully as always. This season is off to a GREAT start.
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