This weeks episode of Doctor who saw us travelling to the future for Bills first proper adventure! Here’s ten things that made us 😀 at Smile!
Bill! Bill! Billllllll! We ❤ her. This episode gives us Bill’s first TARDIS trip, and her excitement is infectious. From the endless questions about The Doctor and his time travelling box, to her adorable reactions at being on an alien planet, she is giving us LIFE. Particular highlights include:
- “Was it expensive?” Hmm. We’ve always wondered how much a TARDIS would cost.
- “Future. Why?” “I want to see if it’s happy!” She can go anywhere in time and space; absolutely anywhere at all… and she just wants to go forward a bit to see if people are happy. AWWWWWW.
- “Is this Bloke utopia?!” hashtag relate-able.
- “You couldn’t even leave me serving chips. So I’m not gonna leave you!” BRB, just crying because she’s SO CUTE.
- “Thanks for bringing me, this is a great day out!” Same Bill, same.
2) The Location
Okay so this episode gave us some STUNNING visuals. Filmed at the city of arts and sciences museum in Valencia, Spain, the perfect alien planet was created. The stunning location gave ‘Gliese 581 D’ huge scale and a stunning backdrop. Futuristic, aesthetically pleasing and beautiful, we’d even go as far as to say this setting is… instagram worthy!
3) The EmojiBots
Just when you think they’ve done it all, the emojibots happen. And they’re BRILLIANT! And kind of cute, until they’re trying to kill you. The concept that they’re tracking your emotions is terrifying in itself, let alone that they will murder you on the spot if you stop being happy. I mean what if you burn your toast? 😦 stub your toe on a table? 😦 read the news?! 😦 The use of emojis sounds terrible, but works really well on screen and as a form of communication. Bravo Frank Cottrell-Boyce for such a brilliant creation!
4) The classic Who vibe
Anyone else get a touch of The Happiness Patrol vibe mixed with Paradise Towers from this episode? They’re in a world forced to be happy or are otherwise doomed; I wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d seen Sheila Hancock and Fifi lurking round the corner. And as for that futuristic, slightly creepy never ending city, I could see it turning in on itself pretty quickly. Whatever you do, DO NOT let old ladies invite you in for ‘tea’ 👵
5) The Doctor and Bill’s dynamic
The Doctor and Bill have only been together for two episodes, but we’re in love with them already! ❤ Twelve takes on his ‘Professor’ role, teaching Bill the ways of the universe and how to save the day. This works really well with her smart, inquisitive nature, leading to a perfect pairing. And of course the banter between them is electrifying to watch.
6) The Magic Haddock
Not going to lie, what the heck is he on about? Magic Haddock? No, we don’t know either, but it made us smile! 😀 🐟
7) The Costumes
The Doctor and Bill are well dressed aren’t they?! Having the emoji mood calculator on our heroes backs gave us lots of great shots of their whole outfits, and we love them! We want everything in Bill’s wardrobe, particularly that bright bodysuit. The Doctor looked as cool as ever and we can sense some seriously cosplay coming on. 😎
8) The concept
This episode had some pretty smart scifi goings on. A whole city made of robots that exist to keep humans happy and alive! We love a good ‘Last of humanity’ story-line and this one was a very different take. A much cleaner and futuristic looking Utopia than the last one, anyways!
9) The visuals
The Doctor Who team have created a stunning, cinematic like effect with the direction and camera work here. Lawrence Gough has done a brilliant job making the planet feel HUGE and empty. That and the creepy emojibots looming constantly, the deserted place definitely has a horrific feel. 😮
10) The continuity
The episode starts immediately where we left off with Bill jumping into the TARDIS and ends with our heroes landing on a frozen Thames in regency London. The episodes leading directly into one another make us feel like we’re really on a journey with Bill exploring the universe! The continuity between episodes feels completely like a Hartnell story where the beginning of the next story is at the end of the last! That elephant feel familiar to the shadow of a man at the end of An Unearthly Child? This continuity also serves to give us a taste of whats to come, and get us excited for the next adventure!
So… an Elephant on the Thames?! 🐘