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Critic reviews for The Pilot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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