CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Review: Doctor Who – Smile (Series 10 Ep. 2)

It could have been a disaster, a story about killer robots ho communicate via emojis; it could have been this seasons ‘Sleep No More’ or even worse ‘Love & Monsters’. Thankfully it was another strong episode to follow last weeks series opener ‘The Pilot’.

Whereas last week saw ‘Doctor Who’ being influenced by Japanese horror; this weeks episode was like a family friendly version of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’. It was a twisting, and at time twisted, story that weaved to an unexpected conclusion.

As with last week Pearl Mackie’s companion ‘Bill’ continues to be fun and extremely likable. I hope the rumours aren’t true and she remains an companion post Peter Capaldi’s regeneration. There was a nice moment involving her ‘Bill’ being shut in the ‘TARDIS’ much like Billie Piper’s ‘Rose’ is in the ‘Parting of the Ways’.

Again there was Easter Eggs to enjoy. Including the moments in the spaceship having a touch of the Peter Davison era story ‘Earthshock’ about them. This helped give the episode a slight feel of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ whilst still remaining contemporary.

It’s a shame Peter Capaldi is leaving. His version of the ‘Doctor’ just keeps getting better. Despite the naysayers the first two episodes have increased audience share on series nine (which matched Matt Smith’s numbers) and continues to be popular on I-Player. It’s seems stupid the tabloids just can’t seem to get past the age thing.

If the first two episodes are anything to go by we could be in for a treat of a series. I can’t wait until next week for ‘Thin Ice’.

Marks out of 10:- 8

 

Related Post
Trailer released for Doctor Who – “Thin Ice”

London, 1814. The entire city has turned out for the biggest Frost Fair in decades! But beneath the frozen Thames, Read more

The Doctor Who Christmas Specials Top 10

With the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas Special of the modern era this year I thought it’d be a good time Read more

REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – 9.10: FACE THE RAVEN

It’s always hard to say goodbye. We watched Rose being trapped in another universe, Martha giving it all to help Read more

Agent Carter Season 2 Promo Released

Marvel’s Agent Carter returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the title role of Read more

Preview: Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor #1

Titan Comics announces Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1, a brand-new 5-part Doctor Who mini-series starring the Ninth Doctor as Read more

DOCTOR WHO: LIMITED VINYL EDITIONS

Big Finish is delighted to announce two limited-edition vinyl pressings of two favourite Doctor Who stories – The Chimes of Read more

REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – 9.6: THE WOMAN WHO LIVED

The fact that ‘The Woman Who Lived’ isn’t the strongest episode of series nine just shows what an amazing season Read more

Review: H-Con (26th July 2015)

Walking into H Con, which this year was at Fleming Park in Eastleigh, the first thing I see is a Read more

Review: Doctor Who – Oxygen (Season 10, Ep. 5)

Space zombies not only sounds like an amazing straight to VHS eighties horror, but is also a short synopsis of Read more

Review: Doctor Who – Knock Knock (Series 10, Ep. 4)

So far series ten has worn its influences proudly on its sleeve. We’ve seen episodes influenced by Japanese horror and Read more

One thought on “Review: Doctor Who – Smile (Series 10 Ep. 2)

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: