The Pilot
Doctor Who Season 10



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

"The Pilot" successfully reboots the final season of Capaldi's Doctor Who and deftly introduces Pearl Mackie with fresh character development.

Episode Info

In the season premiere, two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill Potts and a chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a chase across time and space.


Peter Capaldi
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts

The Pilot Photos

Critic Reviews for The Pilot

Overall, the premiere did well to set up a rapport between Twelve and Bill, while teasing out a few story arcs to come.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The new companion, the charmingly eccentric Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), is ushered in by Nardole, who for some reason does not qualify as a companion himself ... despite the fact that he travels with the Doctor, is privy to his secrets, etc.

Apr 17, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This episode may not have pushed all the buttons, but it was a reminder of how good Doctor Who can be when it tugs at the heartstrings, and moves from pyrotechnics into a more thoughtful, psychologically ambitious orbit.

Apr 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Doctor is missing his buddy dynamic, but more than that, he's clearly missing his early days.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

In any case, Pearl Mackie was brilliant in this episode, and I look forward to the rest of the season with her.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

After 55 years, Doctor Who still finds new ways to introduce newcomers to the TARDIS, and for Bill it's all about the logistics.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What I enjoy most about this episode is that at its heart -- partly cloaked in intrigue and menace -- is a romance, an attraction that transcends space and time.

Apr 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As Steven Moffat-penned scripts go, it is refreshingly lacking in twists and turns, has less plot than a typical offering, and is more a collection of set-ups, ideas, and emotions.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was, on the whole, everything Doctor Who needed to do in an episode that marks its return after essentially being off air for two years.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall, it was a hell of an episode. It's been a while since showrunner Steven Moffat gave us a truly frightening monster, and Heather/The Pilot was one of his best.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…