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The Pilot 

The Doctor and Nardole team up with a university student to take down a sinister life-mimicking alien.


Lawrence Gough


Terry Nation (characters: Daleks), Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill Potts
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Jennifer Hennessy ... Moira
Stephanie Hyam ... Heather
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)


The Doctor agrees to tutor Bill, a would be university student, but a strange puddle and the mysterious disappearance of Bill's friend interrupt the tutition. Will the Doctor, Bill and Nardole get to the bottom of things? Will the Doctor gain a new companion? And what IS the Doctor hiding in the vault...? Written by knackeredmum

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15 April 2017 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Hennessy appeared in the Russell T. Davies' era of Doctor Who episode, Gridlock. See more »


When The Doctor, Bill and Nardole land on another planet, the windows of the TARDIS are seen completely white (which means the lights are on). When the camera gets near to the TARDIS, the lights are off and in the distant shots the lights are on again. See more »


Bill: [inside the Tardis for the first time] Look at this place! It's like a...
The Doctor: Spaceship?
Bill: Kitchen!
The Doctor: A what?
Bill: A really posh kitchen, all metal. What happened to the doors, though? Did you run out of money?
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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It was OK, not great but OK
16 April 2017 | by karlocvitakSee all my reviews

After 16 months Doctor Who is back with a pilot episode. The pilot was a nice first episode of this series, it was not big and explosive as every other Moffat series opener. It was more like RTD opener, funny and not so big. It was maybe little disappointing because of this 16 months, you would expect something much bigger...The plot was okay, interesting, but the problem is that it was rushed, too short.They just bounced from one place to another. There were some really good scenes like Bill and shower, it was 'scary' and interesting and it looked good, music was also in that scene superb. Visuals were nice in this one. The planet that Doctor, Bill and Nardole visited was beautiful. Now, let's talk about music, I didn't like it so much, it was so 'childish' when Doctor goes to search for that puddle and Bill is following him and then 'A good man' starts playing... it was so off, it didn't work with it well, they tried to make it epic. Okay, so the main part of the story is Bill and I have to say Pearl Mackie is brilliant, not just she, Nardole was also brilliant I just hope that we're going to have more scenes wit Nardole and Bill they work so good together. Peter Capaldi was also amazing, he's always amazing but he really nailed it. This trio work brilliantly! Congrats to Moffat for that!

So overall it was an excellent start to begin this series. Mackie, Lucas and Capaldi were amazing, can't wait to see more of them. I just hope that stories are going to be more serious and that we are going to learn more about Nardole. This can really be an amazing series, looking forward to the other episodes!

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