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See broadcasts for BBC OneSmile (2/12 Series 10)

Last updated 26 June 2017
Broadcast: Saturday 22nd April 2017
7:20pm-8:10pm BST (18:20 GMT) « » Premiere « »
(actually broadcast at 19:21:55)
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Featuring: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Pearl Mackie, Ralf Little

The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet - but where are the human colonists? In seeking to solve the mystery the pair find that a band of "cute" droids holds the deadly answer.


Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC
Final chart position for Smile

Ratings Information:


Initial figures: 4.250m viewers (overnight), 22.9% audience share (4th place day)
Consolidated figures: 5.979m viewers (+7 days), 28.5% audience share (23rd place, BARB Week Top 30 Chart), AI 83
Additional figures: 6.447m viewers (+28 days)

Overnight Viewing Figures: Live 3.00m, VOSDAL 4.25m (+1.25m).

The +7 figure indicated that the episode gained an addtional 1.72m viewers, placing it 23rd in the consolidated Top 30 chart and 8th on BBC1 for the week. The +28 figure added another 470,000 viewers, which moved it into 18th place in the Top 30 chart, and overtaking an episode of Eastenders to become 7th most watched programme on BBC1 for the week.

BARB TV Player reports: 137188/17th (w/e 23 Apr 17), 118501/20th (w/e 30 Apr 2017), 37546/97th (w/e 7 May 2017)


Notes


Doctor Who: Smile (Credit: BBC / Simon Ridgway)DRAMA Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a name to make one's antennae twitch. An award-winning author, he's a long-time colleague of Danny Boyle and wrote the inspiring 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. His previous Who in 2014 saw our planet blanketed overnight by forest, in a barmy but poetic fable paying homage to William Blake. It was not a resounding success.

For his second twirl of the Tardis, he's consorted with rather more reliable visionaries, science experts with concerns about artificial intelligence, and has predicted a future that isn't as utopian as it first seems. Smile is set on a colony world whose settlers "have cracked the secret of human happiness". Only there's no sign of any people when the Time Lord and Bill explore the pristine architecture (in reality, Valencia's ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences).

Lethal microbots (Vardies) swarm in the sky and dinky robots with emoji faces patrol the walkways - and woe betide you if don't smiley-face back. Science has failed this civilisation and the new world has become a death trap. Smile reads like a cautionary tale, is packed with clever ideas and beautiful vistas, yet it lacks energy and, ultimately, is less Smile emoji and more Snooze emoji.

Credit: Radio Times (p50) 
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