Remember to smile for the robots!

It may take less muscles to smile than to frown but certainly it shouldn’t be so stressful. The Doctor and Bill take their first trip to the future together to a human colony. They arrive to find the planet deserted but are greeted by robots who to the Doctor’s annoyance speak only in emojis.

The robots outfit the time traveling duo with their own emoji buttons that will monitor their moods. The buttons end up on their backs and as their moods change so does the emoji representation on their back. Bill admires all the advancements while the Doctor remains skeptical.

The Doctor and Bill continue to explore until they come across a garden. It’s here where we find the robots have gone mad. They’ve been using the people as fertilizer. The Doctor figures out that scientists charged to prepare the planet for colonization lost control. The robots catch on to the Doctor’s realization and attack him and Bill as they run back for the TARDIS. The robots corner them, and the Doctor deduces they won’t attack as long as you physically smile. The Doctor and Bill use this tactic to slip past the robots.

Arriving safely, the Doctor leaves Bill in the TARDIS to go back which Bill questions. As he runs back, she looks at the inscription on the outside of the box with the instructions of “who” to call in case of an emergency. Bill understands the Doctor is the one to call when things go wrong. Bill catches up to the Doctor with the intention to see things through with him.

Upon further investigation, they find that the entire structure of the human colony is made of tiny robots. They find an entrance to where inside is the remainder of the Earth’s inhabitants. Bill finds this out in an emotional scene where she sees how the Earth came to such a bad state. The Doctor thinks the best way to end the problem is to blow up the structure before the humans arrive so he tasks Bill with directing him there through a map. The robots move on their way to stop the Doctor, while Bill comes across a young boy. The Doctor is then faced with a difficult dilemma as he figures out the door led to the ship that brought the humans and that by arriving on the planet and interacting with it they’ve awoken some of the statis pods that were keeping the humans asleep till the work was done.

As the humans wake up they come in contact with the robots who notice they aren’t smiling. The humans are armed ready to fight the robots realizing what they’ve done and a fight breaks out. It’s in this moment, the Doctor knows what he has to do.

He shuts the robots off and then turns them back on again. Typical!

It leaves the humans very bewildered as the Doctor charges them to remember to smile. Bill and Doctor return to the TARDIS, and what was thought to be a trip home, the TARDIS accidentally takes them to a different point in history ending up in the Thames River in London.

It’s a classic first trip to the future episode. The companion overwhelmed by the changes, seeing how humanity has evolved, and tasting the food of course. The Doctor seeing things as they shouldn’t be and having to save humanity yet again. What’s a brilliant twist is the ending where they find themselves still on the journey back to their own time.

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