Doctor Who “The Pilot”


doctor-who-series-10-capaldi-mackie-bill-tardisCAUTION: Make sure to watch this episode AFTER you take a bath, shower, go swimming, and all other water related activities. It might also be best if someone’s home with you that way you know it’s them running water in the bathroom. You’ve been warned!

Doctor Who FINALLY returned last night for its 10th season and Peter Capaldi’s last. (It literally feels like we just got him. I can’t believe it’s already been three years!) With season 9 being such a disappointment for me personally, I was super excited for this season and to meet the new companion, Bill.

Here’s what we know so far about Bill:

•She works at a university’s cafeteria (or canteen) and serves chips, but sits in on the Doctor’s class, which everyone loves. [Can you imagine the Doctor as your professor?]

•She’s looking for a girlfriend. It was released a couple of weeks ago, that Bill would be the 1st official openly gay character on the show. While I disagree she’s the first-Captain Jack, Madame Vastra and Jenny, and even Clara made an insinuating comment about Jane Austen. The series did not hesitate to show her sexual orientation immediately, describing how she gave chips to a pretty girl. And then there was Heather, which was upsetting. We barely met her and I still felt bad that she got taken.

•She’s a foster kid. We see Bill with her foster mom at their apartment. (I’m curious how old she is. In college, technically she wouldn’t have to be with a foster mom anymore, right?) We hear from her conversation with the Doctor that she never met her biological mom or knows what she looks like. Later on in the episode, she gets a box of her mom’s old things and in one of the pictures it looks like the Doctor in the background. Coincidence? As the 11th Doctor would say, “Never ignore a coincidence, unless you’re busy. Then always ignore a coincidence.”

•She knows a thing or two about Sci-Fi. How funny was it when she asked the Doctor if he was familiar with Sci-Fi? This background knowledge helped with her quickly learn and accept the TARDIS and avoid getting her memory wiped by the Doctor. It also shows she is up for anything, which is exactly what you need in a companion.

I really loved the little Easter Eggs this episode had from the pictures of River and the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, to the collection of screwdrivers masking as pens. Even Naldo got to use one. (So happy to see him back.)

The first episode with a new companion is usually a lot of fun to watch, and “The Pilot” did not hesitate to disappoint. I will definitely be watching it again. It’s always exciting to see how the new companion wins over a reluctant Doctor to taking on someone to travel with him again. I’m always waiting to see their ultimate reaction to the news and how they say that famous phrase: “It’s bigger on the inside.”

Can’t wait to see where we’re headed in the TARDIS this season. It should be exciting with the re-occurrence of not one, but TWO incarnations of the master. After this one, I feel like the old (well the old/new who) is back with a good balance of suspense, comedy, and adventure with a companion who is an ordinary person wanting to get away rather than an “impossible girl.”

Doctor Who airs Saturdays at 9 on BBC America.