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10.1 - The Pilot

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Reviewed By: TakeTheType40Review Date: 4/16/17 8:58 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

As someone who was expecting to hate Bill, I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought she was annoying and stupid in the preview (still do), but in this episode, they toned it down and Pearl Mackie's acting performance seems a lot stronger. Bill is actually hysterical and a breath of fresh air (coming from someone whose favourite companion of the entire series is Clara). It really does feel like a new show. This episode actually reminds me of 'Rose' (S01E01) except Bill seems to have a little more spunk than Rose, as well as being funnier and less ordinary. In both episodes, the threat is fairly simple with a very little complexity of plot, to focus on the introduction of the companion. I wasn't excepting to (reaaalllly wasn't) but I've already taken to Bill and even after the first episode, could easily be sad if she were to leave/die. Her sexuality was really nicely put, very subtly in contrast to Vastra/Jenny's. I believe Steven Moffat said in an interview that he wrote the scene with Heather except with a man in the role, but changed it because it didn't feel right. Nardole and the Doctor don't do much in this episode, especially Nardole. This episode is the worst case I have EVER seen of a companion being underused. Except maybe 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' with the same companion.

In short, the series starts off with a technically weaker-than-average episode, yet that somehow makes me very, very excited for the series coming.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 4/16/17 9:28 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

It wasn't perfect but it was better than Listen, Kill the Moon, Let's Kill Hitler, The Wedding of River Song, Death in Heaven, Hell Bent, A good Man Goes to War and soooooooo many others.

They had to introduce a companion so it was never gonna be brilliant and Bill’s sexuality was alluded to rather than overtly stated which was a nice touch, I think they handled that well.

On the other hand, the chase sequence was a mid-episode lull and the Movellians felt wasted but it was nice to see them anyway. Then there was the gratuitous 'shut up' stuff and the resolution was a bit weak – which for me was possibly the worst bit - but weirdly a lot of people seem to have a problem with the fact it had a puddle in it?

The chase scene was resolution delaying for a resolution that was undermined by the setting up of this mystery as some kind of a threat when really it was just misunderstood but I didn't feel cheated because there was plenty else to like.

It looked great, the music was unobtrusive for a change and the plot hung together reasonably well if a little contrived. None of that was a great problem and I really quite enjoyed it. A number of people have commented on how it felt like an RTD episode and not having Clara around was like a breath of fresh air. I agree.
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