Doctor Who - Season 10, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


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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

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.

April 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.

April 16, 2017 | 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…

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.

April 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As for that line about tears - phwoar. Talk about giving an alien that could be sipped up with a straw some unexpected emotional depth.

April 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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