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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.
After 55 years, Doctor Who still finds new ways to introduce newcomers to the TARDIS, and for Bill it's all about the logistics.
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.
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.
The Doctor is missing his buddy dynamic, but more than that, he's clearly missing his early days.
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