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Iraxxa (Adele Lynch), queen of the Ice Warriors in Empress of Mars (2017).
“It really was going in at the deep end,” says Adele.
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Episode 1
University canteen assistant Bill Potts discovers that her new personal tutor is a time-traveller from another planet. Together they investigate a mysterious puddle in the university grounds, only to discover that it has subsumed Bill’s girlfriend and will stop at nothing to take Bill too…
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Episode 2
The Doctor and Bill explore Erehwon, an Earth colony in the far future where a utopian city has been constructed by Vardy microbots. But the city is deserted and the time-travellers soon discover that the Vardy will kill anyone who isn’t happy…
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When it came to finding a suitable setting for the futuristic city in Smile, the production team looked further afield than sets and CGI…
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Episode 3
In Regency England the Doctor and Bill discover something sinister lurking under the ice at the last great Frost Fair. Something with a taste for human beings. Something that’s being exploited by human beings…
• The Doctor and Bill arrive beside the frozen Thames
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Episode 4
Bill has a life away from her adventures with the Doctor, and this means finding somewhere to live. Along with five student friends she discovers an amazing old house to share… but what’s the catch?
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Episode 5
Oxygen is considered a commodity at Chasm Forge, a deep-space mining station in the far future. The Doctor discovers that the crew are being murdered by their own spacesuits and the handful of survivors are running out of air…
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Episode 6
The Pope summons the Doctor to the Vatican with an unusual request. He is to read the Veritas, an ancient text containing a truth so terrible it drives the reader to self-destruction…
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Since civilisation began, humanity has been enriched by the guidance and benevolent rule of the Monks. With the Doctor as their chief propagandist, it seems the creatures’ power over mankind is unassailable…
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Episode 9
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Fleeing from the Cybermen, the Doctor, Nardole and Bill take refuge at a solar farm on Floor 507, together with Missy and the Master. There, Bill learns the terrible truth of her conversion and the Doctor makes his last stand…
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