April 21st, 2017
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The adventure continues this weekend and we’ve 10 exclusive teasers to help you Smile ahead of the Doctor and Bill’s journey to a futuristic human colony.

Well, 9 teasers and one red herring, so check out the hints below and let us know which one you think is the fib in the comments section.

The episode airs tomorrow night at 7:20pm on BBC One, and you can check out its trailer and then read our advanced spoiler-free preview here.

  1. There’s a knock on the TARDIS door… and it’s the Doctor’s mum!
  2. He’s not Scottish, he’s just cross.
  3. “Welcome to paradise.”
  4. The Doctor has a really childish impulse to blow something up.
  5. “There’s probably an app for that.”
  6. Bill gets into trouble for ‘checking in’ from the future on Facebook.
  7. The Doctor met an Emperor made of algae once. He fancied him.
  8. The Doctor and Bill encounter a skeleton crew. In the literal sense.
  9. The Doctor is an awesome tutor.
  10. The Doctor and Bill are home in time for tea. The long way round.

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April 21st, 2017
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After last week’s series premiere (which you can Rate & Discuss here), it’s big smiles all around – for now, at least – as Bill Potts is officially aboard the TARDIS.

There isn’t a Dalek or killer puddle in sight this time, however, as we’re fast tracked to the edge of the galaxy where a human settlement is said to hold the secret to everlasting happiness. Well, where else would you take your new companion on her maiden voyage?

OK, so it isn’t technically Bill’s maiden voyage, thanks to her quick-stop visits to Australia and the end of the universe (as you do!) last week, but as she points out in the opening moments of Smile, this is her first proper one, so it better be a good’un.

The latest episode picks up directly where The Pilot left off, with Bill bemusing her personal tutor with yet more of the hilariously random questions of which she is already acclaimed. Her unique take on the TARDIS continues to highlight her fresh perspective as she brings light to areas of the Whoniverse you probably never realised you wanted to know the answers to. We also get to learn a bit more about the conditions of the Doctor’s elusive promise, referred to in this episode as his oath, which we suspect will continue to be teased to the point of tears in the episodes to come. You can share your own theories regarding what lies inside the vault in our dedicated discussion, here.

Back to the mystery at hand, though, and the foreboding pre-titles scene wastes no time in establishing the hidden terror of the escalating Emojibots, with swooping crane shots of the surrounding settlement adding a sense of cinematic grandeur to the proceedings. The sequence also features the first and only appearance of one of the episode’s underused guest stars, Mina Anwar as Goodthing, who is robbed of any opportunity to develop her character when she’s the victim of a very sticky situation in the first four minutes. Slightly problematic.

Ralf Little is another example of a character that could’ve been, especially as a teaser video of him inside the TARDIS suggested that his role as Steadfast would be playing a much bigger part in the action. In reality, he never actually gets to set foot inside the police box, which is parked off in the middle of a cornfield for the majority of the story.

After the opening credits have rolled, the bulk of the episode takes place within the confines of the aforementioned human colony (which is missing one vital ingredient), against the real-life backdrop of the City of Arts and Science Museum in Valencia. The simplistic yet stunning location adds a sense of clinical purity to the luxurious landscape, helping to maintain its connotations as the idealistic utopia. But as the story unfolds, it soon becomes evidently clear that this picturesque paradise is far from ideal. Well, this is Doctor Who we’re talking about, isn’t it?

Enter the Doctor and Bill, whose jaunt to the far future quickly becomes a fight to the death (but what else is new?) when they come face to face with this week’s technological terror. The rampant robots are a fundamentally simple premise, but it’s one that still manages to create a sense of ominous fear, especially as throughout the episode you’re never 100% sure where they are or what they’re up to. Let’s just say, you wouldn’t want to bump into one of these guys in a dark alley. Unless, that is, you were smiling…

One of the most interesting aspects of this episode is that it is, for the most part, a two-hander between Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. As they explore their new surroundings, you keep expecting somebody else to pop up and join the party, but it just doesn’t happen for the first 30 minutes. Thinking about it, this is exactly the sort of story you want from the Doctor and Bill’s first “proper” adventure, as it enables them to get to know each other – and, in turn, us to know Bill – amidst their investigation of a good old fashioned, albeit futuristic, science-fiction mystery. It’s one of those that you really have to pay attention to, but the best science-fiction mysteries usually are.

As a result, expect a lot of talking. In the Forest of the Night writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce returns on top form with plenty of brilliantly executed dialogue, and Bill’s inquisitiveness and infectious enthusiasm is particularly refreshing and fun to behold. While generally slow-paced, that’s not to say that the episode doesn’t have its fair share of drama, too, as we finally discover what’s really going on at the same time as our heroes do (although admittedly, and rightly so, the Doctor is always one step ahead of us all). It just takes a while to get there, is all.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, though, as it’s one of the first times that the show has managed to execute such a simple format alongside a concept that it can comfortably fall back and rely on. With today’s ever growing technological advances, the story is definitely a grower in the sense that, if you’re anything like us, you’ll find your appreciation for it growing the more you think about it post-viewing.

While it probably won’t be one that we revisit as much as others, Lawrence Gough has directed an intriguing insight into the future of our species, and there is something quintessentially Doctor Who about our heroes jump starting a new civilisation and being home before the kettle has boiled. Or at least, Bill thinks they’re going home…

April 17th, 2017
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A new rumour has surfaced today suggesting that a guest star who appeared during the 50th anniversary festivities will be returning in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, which starts filming in July.

According to the Mirror (we know, but what’s the harm in speculating?), David Bradley will be reprising his role as the First Doctor to share the screen with Peter Capaldi in his and Steven Moffat’s final episode.

100% unofficial at the moment, but intriguing nonetheless…

“Doctor what?” Click here to Rate and Discuss the Series 10 premiere, The Pilot »

April 16th, 2017
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The end of last night’s Series 10 premiere treated us to a brand new Coming Soon trailer which gave us our first look at the Master’s upcoming return.

Ok, so admittedly it was a very brief look (blink and you’ll miss it, in fact), but it’s still enough to get us excited. John Simm will be reprising his role as the renegade Time Lord to come face to face with his current incarnation, Missy.

The trailer also teases Mondasian Cybermen, Ice Warriors and the Doctor regenerating. No biggie. Nothing to see here…

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April 16th, 2017
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4.64 million people tuned in for the Series 10 premiere last night, according to the overnight ratings.

A 24.8% share of the total television audience were watching The Pilot on BBC One, which introduced Pearl Mackie as the new companion, Bill Potts.

Doctor Who was the second most watched programme of the day, behind the return of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV, which was seen by 8.65 million. The final viewing figure – which also adds those who recorded it  - will be released in 7 days.

“Doctor what?” Click here to Rate and Discuss the Series 10 premiere, The Pilot »

April 15th, 2017
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Doctor Who returned to our screens earlier tonight and it wouldn’t be the start of a brand new series if it didn’t bring with it its very own mystery to boot.

The Pilot established that the Doctor has been working as a lecturer at the University of Bristol but, as expected, all is not as it seems as he’s also added ‘guarding a mysterious vault that’s hidden under campus’ to the top of his list of extra curricular activities. Who needs trampolining?

Let us know your initial theories in the comments below!

He also alluded to a promise he’s made, but what is the promise and who was it made to…?

“Doctor what?” Click here to Rate and Discuss the Series 10 premiere, The Pilot »

April 15th, 2017
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Now that Bill Potts is officially aboard the TARDIS, it’s full steam ahead to see the universe anew. And next week’s episode will definitely make you Smile

In the far future, at the edge of the galaxy, there is a gleaming, perfect city. This brand new human settlement is said to hold the secret of human happiness – but the only smiles the Doctor and Bill can find are on a pile of grinning skulls. Something is alive in the walls, and the emojibots are watching from the shadows, as the Doctor and Bill try to unravel a terrifying mystery.

Smile, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, airs on Saturday 22nd April at 7:20pm on BBC One.

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April 15th, 2017
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Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill, and a chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?

Well, there you have it. After months of build up and anticipation, the moment has finally arrived. Welcome to the post-Pilot world, everybody! But was it worth all the waiting for?

Let’s face it, there was an awful lot to cram into these 50 minutes. Not only was tonight’s adventure kicking off Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Twelfth Doctor, it was also officially introducing Pearl Mackie as his brand new companion, Bill Potts. We’ve known about her for nearly a year, but now she’s stepped on board the TARDIS to see the universe anew…

So, what did you think of Bill’s entrée into the Whoniverse? Her days serving chips in the university canteen are over, but her life as an honorary, bonafide Earth defender are only just beginning. What are your first impressions of the Doctor’s new BFF, and was she what you were hoping for/expecting? And what did you make of the episode in general? Steven Moffat managed to reference the past, establish the present and look to the future in his last ever series opener, but will it go down as one of his best? Our discussion is now open…

You can read what WhovianNet thought of tonight’s episode in our advanced preview here.

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments section if you haven’t seen The Pilot. You have been warned!

April 15th, 2017
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Class creator Patrick Ness has urged US viewers to watch his Young Adult drama in order to help secure its future.

The Doctor Who spin off will make its debut across the pond on BBC America tonight, immediately after its parent show’s Series 10 premiere. Its showrunner has insisted that “there has been no decision made” regarding a second series, despite the fact that persistent rumours have suggested the contrary following its underwhelming response in the UK.

“America, watch it,” he told Inverse. “We want to do more.”

He continued: “There are still lots of stories for us to tell, especially with how it ends. I’ve got some evil stuff planned. I’ve got some evil ideas. Make sure you tell people, there’s evil stuff coming, so you need to watch. We’d love for America to embrace it. Fingers crossed.”

April 15th, 2017
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The big day has finally arrived, and later tonight Bill Potts will finally be stepping aboard the TARDIS!

The premiere of a new series is always an auspicious occasion (especially as it’s been over a year since our last full one!), and you’ve probably had “15th April, BBC One, 7:20pm” permanently etched into your mind for weeks.

There’s no danger that you’d miss it, but we’ve compiled a handy round up of The Pilot’s international premiere times… just in case. You’re welcome.

  • UK – Saturday 15th April, BBC One, 7:20pm
  • USA – Saturday 15th April, BBC America, 9/8c (followed by Class premiere at 10/9c)
  • Canada – Saturday 15th April, SPACE, 9pm EDT
  • Middle East – Saturday 15th April, 9:20pm AST
  • Australia – Sunday 16th April, ABC, 7:40pm
  • Finland - Sunday 16th April, YLE2, 11am
  • Brazil – Sunday 16th April, SyFy, 8pm
  • Latin America – Sunday 16th April, SyFy, 11pm
  • New Zealand – Monday 17th April, PRIME, 7:30pm

Are you ready to see the universe anew? Don’t miss our spoiler-free previewteasers!

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