Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 7/23/17 1:19 pm
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Smile is a difficult one to rate. On one hand, it's a visually impressive story with a lot of very vibrant shots. It also features some good conversation between the Doctor and Bill which establish her character and their relationship.
On the other hand, the plot has problems. The bulk of the episode finds the Doctor and Bill by themselves and not interacting with anyone else. This happened a few times in the Classic series. When it really worked well, such as in the first episodes of Ark in Space or the Space Museum, there would be a great sense of tension, suspense, and terror that this episode doesn't have. The Doctor's decision to blow up the spaceship without checking it out further was out of character particularly given that there was a map of the ship that he memorized in detail. The resolution of the story isn't satisfying either.
The character moments between the Doctor and Bill assure the episode isn't totally wasted, but overall this one of the Twelfth Doctor's weaker episodes.