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The Pilot

Series 10 - Episode 1 The Pilot



Bill Potts, the Doctor will see you now. It feels like an aeon since we’ve been able to enjoy the whole “new companion” shtick: What’s a Tardis? Are you an alien? This time not “Doctor who?” but “Doctor what?” and, crucially for all novice adventurers with loosened bowels, is there a toilet in the Tardis?

Cunningly titled The Pilot, Steven Moffat’s series-ten opener is geared up as a fresh start, a jumping-on point for Bill and new viewers, requiring little or no foreknowledge of Doctor Who lore. Pearl Mackie is quirky and instantly winning as campus canteen worker Bill, whose thirst for knowledge means she steals into the Doctor’s lectures. For his final series, Peter Capaldi’s majestic Time Lord has taken rooms at St Luke’s University, Bristol, with his police box resting invitingly in the corner of his study.

Snappily directed by Lawrence Gough, The Pilot has eerie moments, a menacing puddle, love in the midst of a war zone, comic asides from Matt Lucas as the Doctor’s dippy batman, Nardole – and blasts of Beethoven and Joy Division on the soundtrack.


Peter Capaldi's eccentric, era-hopping Time Lord returns for his final series. However, before he hands over the key to the Tardis to his as-yet-undecided successor, there's the matter of the girl with a star in her eye to deal with. A chance encounter brings Bill Potts into contact with the Doctor, who is conducting a secret mission on Earth. What follows is a terrifying chase across time and space, one that opens Bill's mind to the prospect of a bigger and wider universe than she'd ever imagined. Pearl Mackie makes her debut Doctor Who appearance as new companion Bill, while Matt Lucas also stars as the Doctor's old ally Nardole.

Cast & Crew

The Doctor Peter Capaldi
Bill Potts Pearl Mackie
Nardole Matt Lucas
Moira Jennifer Hennessy
Heather Stephanie Hyam
Voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs
Director Lawrence Gough
Executive Producer Brian Minchin
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Producer Peter Bennett
Writer Steven Moffat
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