Doctor Who season ten proceeded swiftly last Saturday with Smile. After the opening episode The Pilot, it was another adventure that took back the show to its constituent parts.
It showcased the Doctor and his new buddy taking off to the future and saving a civilisation. It was a beguiling episode, regardless of the fact that its conventional format wasn’t that great. Still, it came stuffed with all the typical nods to the universe of Doctor Who and beyond.
As you will see over the accompanying passages, a hefty portion of them are references to episodes from either 2005 or 2010. Strikingly, these are the two years where the show rebooted itself. It appears the show is truly quick to enforce that everything is beginning again with this season.
There are great many call-backs outside of Doctor Who. For example, Bill thinks at one point whether the Doctor can extend his arms like Mr Fantastic. In a similar fashion, the visual of a modern city encompassed by wheat fields was indicative of Disney’s Tomorrowland.
Nevertheless, those are two clear illustrations. What’s more, there were loads of Easter eggs and references in Smile that you won’t have noticed. We have 8 such for you listed here….
8. The Seeds Of Doom
Somewhere else in the episode, the Doctor and Bill discover the frightful destiny of the early colonists. As it is, they have been transformed into fertilizer by the Vardy. In another gesture for Fourth Doctor fans, this hints at 1976’s The Seeds of Doom.
In this episode, Harrison Chase, who’s the plant-fixated villain gets rid of the individuals who cross paths him by destroying them into mulch in his mammoth fertilizer machine. Spoiler: towards the finish of the episode, Chase gets his punishment and is fed to the machine himself.
7. Another Ark In Space
At the point when the Doctor acknowledges what the colony is, he remarks that he has met a few similar displaced refugee colonies of people getting away from the end of the Earth some time back. This is really an idea that goes the back to the First Doctor’s time.
1966’s The Ark has the TARDIS land on a spaceship that is getting away from the sun gulping the Earth. Similarly, in Smile, the human’s servants– the Monoids – need autonomy. The idea is back in 1974’s The Ark in Space. That story included the people stored away in cryogenic pods amid their journey, similar to this episode.
In later years, The Beast Below saw the UK packaged into a star-ship and set off over the stars.