Doctor Who - Season 10, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: Though moments verge on the ridiculous and portions are bland, "Smile" grows compelling, fun, and chilling when focusing on two leading characters hanging out for much of the episode.

Episode Info

The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet, but find it bare of colonists.


Peter Capaldi
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts
Matt Lucas
as Nardole
Mina Anwar
as Goodthing
Ralf Little
as Steadfast
Kiran Shah
as Emojibot
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Critic reviews for Smile

This jaunt wasn't so much about whodunit but why, and despite the "robots taking over" plot, it was the human colonists' reaction the gave us chills.

April 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's fun, but it all makes me a bit leery that this whole season may end up being a bit too much of a farewell tour for the outgoing showrunner.

April 24, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This episode was rather reminiscent of the Russell T Davies era -- light of touch, packed with ideas and neat gimmicks, lovely writing, lots of heart and just scary enough.

April 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Not a lot happens in "Smile." In a way, the slower pace of the episode... is very evocative of classic Doctor Who.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem is that the episode can't decide whether it wants to figure out why people who don't smile were murdered, or focus on action sequences about emoji robots and their floating swarms of killer nano-robots. Pick one and stick to it.

April 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A good episode, this. I don't see it challenging too many favorite episode ever lists, yet this is a fine slice of Doctor Who.

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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