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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

Smile

First Transmitted

22 April 2017

Final ratings

5.98m

 

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CAST

Regular Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole)

Guest Cast

Kaizer Akhtar (Praiseworthy), Mina Anwar (Goodthing), Kiran L. Dadlani(Kezzia), Craig Garner (Emojibot), Ralf Little (Steadfast), Kiran Shah (Emojibot), Kalungi Ssebandeke (Nate)

CREW

Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Directed by Lawrence Gough
Produced by Peter Bennett

sypnosis

The Doctor takes Bill to the colony Gliese 581 D. It’s a bright, sunny world, tended by the tiny bird-like Vardies and their user interface €“ the Emojibots. There’s just one thing missing: the colonists. As the Doctor and Bill investigate, they discover that to keep smiling is their only hope of staying alive€¦

NOTES

  1. The Doctor says that Scotland demands independence every planet they go to. In real world current events, at the time of this episode’s release, Scotland was again seeking independence from the United Kingdom, as a result of Brexit.
  2. The Doctor and Bill are served squares of algae jelly.
  3. The Emojitbots speak emoji

    😃 – smiling face

    💀 – a skull, a symbol of death

    😢 – crying face

    💡 – a light bulb, symbolising a new id eaforming

    😕 – puzzled face

    ? – question mark, indicating confusion

    – According to Bill, it smells of fish.
    – The Doctor does not like fish.

  4. The Emojibots are an interface of the Vardi.
  5. The Doctor and Bill receive sound implants on arrival at the colony.
  6. All inhabitants and visitors are given mood badges.
  7. Bill’s smart phone is also a camera phone, meaning she can take a picture of the map.
    The Vardi can eat other species, leaving behind bones and skulls.
  8. The Vardi can cloak themselves as buildings by staying really close together.
    – They are now the indigenous species on the planet.
  9. Nardole reminds the Doctor that he can’t go off-world because he promised. (The Pilot)
  10. Bill again calls the Doctor “a penguin with its arse on fire” when she sees him run. (The Pilot)
  11. The Doctor states that the TARDIS takes him where they need to go, rather than where they want to. (The Doctor’s Wife)
  12. There’s a bust of Queen Nefertiti in the spaceship. (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship)

 

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