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Advance Preview: Doctor Who - The Pilot

Doctor WhoTonight season ten of the hugely popular series Doctor Who premieres on BBC America with the episode "The Pilot." In the episode, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) meets his new companion (Pearl Mackie) and broadens her view of the universe as a meeting with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a chase across the galaxy.

The title, "The Pilot," is quite fitting, as regardless of the actual story of the week, this episode does a really good job of introducing new viewers to the show as Bill learns about The Twelfth Doctor and his world.



Peter Capaldi and Pearl MackieThe episode introduces Bill Potts, but also marks the return of Nardole (Matt Lucas).

The episode starts out a bit different than usual; The Doctor is in a different place. The meeting of The Doctor and his soon to be new companion was quite enjoyable, as was her first look at the inside of the Tardis, which was not only funny, but also unique to her character. Her reaction to everything alien was fun to watch. She's going to make a great companion with her witty remarks and sci-fi references.

I also was really happy to see Nardole back. He always adds extra comedic moments to the show.

And of course, as always, Capaldi was brilliant. There was also a bit of mystery surrounding what he's been up to since the Christmas special, and I can't wait to find out more as the season unfolds.

Matt Lucas and Pearl MackieThe creature introduced this week was interesting, as was its motives, and it made for an excellent episode. There was also a return of another monster as well that I don't want to spoil, but it was a terrific moment.

Although the episode did seem to be a bit of a refresher, as it was seen through Bill's eyes, it worked, and some of my favorite parts were the throwbacks and references. I especially cracked up at Nardole's explanation of the Tardis, which fans of the classic series will appreciate.

"The Pilot" was a fantastic premiere, which fans will love, and hopefully it may also bring in even more new fans. The promos for the series show there are only more epic adventures to come for The Doctor. The series continues to be a smart and funny show with heart - err hearts.

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