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"The Pilot" successfully reboots the final season of Capaldi's Doctor Who and deftly introduces Pearl Mackie with fresh character development.
Overall, the premiere did well to set up a rapport between Twelve and Bill, while teasing out a few story arcs to come.
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.
In any case, Pearl Mackie was brilliant in this episode, and I look forward to the rest of the season with her.
After 55 years, Doctor Who still finds new ways to introduce newcomers to the TARDIS, and for Bill it's all about the logistics.
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.
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.
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.