Only Steven Moffat would decide that the best way to start off his final series of Doctor Who is to brazenly entitle the premiere “The Pilot”.
Alright, let’s talk Doctor Who, which is at this point barely two weeks away from arriving on our screens. This is our last go round with Peter Capaldi (sobs), as well as the goodbye to the man who helped coin the term “Moffatsplaining” show runner Steven Moffat.
The above title notes that this is series 10 of the Doctor Who reboot, and is in fact the tenth cycle in the last 12 years since the show returned in 2005. But the real hardcore Whoheads (oh children, you know exactly who you are, stop pretending) know that this is series 36, if we count all the way from back in 1963. Therefore the title of “The Pilot” is even more egregious and egotistical. WHo the hell insists 36 years in that we’re finally getting around to the Pilot episode?
Well, i mean if that’s not wibbly-wobbly timey wimey, I don’t know what is.
But “The Pilot” it is, if he insists (and he does.) Personally I liked the original working title “A Star in Her Eye” which I assume was a romantic way of referring to our brand new companion Bill Potts, played by newcomer Pearl Mackie. Moffat must have at least remained partial to it, since the phrase comes up again today in the just released synopsis for the premiere.
Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?
Note that Nardole as the continuing companion is also mentioned in the synopsis. Word is that he and Bill will both be companions for the full season’s worth of episodes, though Nardole is only mentioned as guest starring in the first couple of installments. We’ve only had two episodes so far, but his quirks are such that I am looking forward to the dynamic shift his inclusion will make between the traditional “Old Man/Young British Girl” Doctor/Companion scenario.
Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC America on Saturday April 15th.