146 Smile

This is the one where the Doctor and Bill fight deadly emoji robots in a space colony made out of nanobots. Oh and we made a new species.

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet broadcast entirely in emoji! It’s the Noobs and the Whovian! 

My name is Austin and I’m the Whovian, and these are my sons Corbin and Tripp and we’re the noobs! 

This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 146, covering series 10 episode 2, Smile.

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the Doctor and Bill fight deadly emoji robots in a space colony made out of nanobots. Oh and we made a new species. 

Production notes

  • Story #265
  • Originally aired April 22, 2017 to 5.98 million viewers
  • Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce 
    • He did In the Forest of the Night
  • Directed by: Lawrence Gough


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Plenty! 
  • Creature of the week
    • Vardy
    • Emojibot
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • TARDIS 
      • The seats are too far to reach the controls
      • You don’t steer her, you sort of… negotiate with her
  • Adventures in closed captioning!
    • The computer on the ship said “Error One initiating”
    • It was actually saying “Erehwon initiating” – Erehwon was the name of the ship, and is “Nowhere” spelled backwards.

Other stuff we noticed 

  • Why is she here? Because she isn’t anywhere else.
  • Between here and my office, before the kettle boils, is everything that ever happened.
  • Spoken like a true wet brain.
    • Carbon chauvinism 
  • They’ve got an app for that.

Who’s Who?

  • Who is Bill?
    • I’m smelling home, 20 light-years from home!
  • Who is the Doctor?
    • He took an oath to not leave Earth
    • You know what he loves about humans. Optimism
    • He’s not fond of fish, except socially, which makes a meal like this awkward.
      • Jim the fish?
    • He knew an emperor made of algae that fancied him
      • JARED!
    • Why are you Scottish? I’m not Scottish I’m cross!
      • Are there Scottish in space? They’re all over the place, demanding independence on every planet they land on.

Classic Who Connections

  • The Doctor also came upon a human colony that killed unhappy people in The Happiness Patrol
  • The Doctor said that he had encountered other human colony spacecraft. That would be The Ark and The Ark In Space
  • The Doctor mentions that he stole the TARDIS

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared – 7 emojis
    • Austin – 5 fears of technology
    • Corbin – 6 erehwon
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 50
    • Austin – 150
    • Corbin – 50
    • Tripp – 60


  • He took an oath to not leave Earth
  • What’s in the vault?
    • Corbin: A villain or a dangerous item 
    • Tripp: The Master
      • The Doctor doesn’t know?
  • Who did he make the vow to?
    • Corbin: Maybe River?
    • Tripp: A Timelord

Listener Input

  • Christina said “This episode was fantastic, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it during my Monday commute. You three (“and Jared!”) are so much fun to listen to.”

The Game Plan 

  • Next week, we’re doing episode 3, Thin Ice
  • Also, we need some suggestions for upcoming timey wimeys. We only have a few ideas left, like possibly one.
    • So, here’s the requirements:
      • Family-friendly – that’s why we’re not covering the Terminator franchise… yet.
      • If written, it need to be short – no novels, only short stories
      • Accessible – we don’t want to have to buy a $50 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray or subscribe to some random service we’ve never heard of



Noobs and the Whovian is a production of Master Closet Studios, where it’s always smaller on the inside. Your Senior Producer is Austin Reason. Our Audio Engineer is Thing One: Tripp Reason. Our Production Editor is the Other One: Corbin Reason. Special thanks to tardis.fandom.com for the trivia, and to Jared for the Classic Who Connection. Shout outs to Victor and Jared for their Patreon support.

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Until next time, be safe if you can. But always. Be. Amazing. 

Until next time, be safe if you can. But always. Be. Amazing.