As promised, here I am with my "longer" Doctor Who episode review. Although before I go into the review I feel to react on the comments that I received over the last few days for my quick reaction video on my channel. Overall I've got some very nice and positive feedback from a lot of people, but seems like I've touched on grounds where I'm not really "experienced." I have to admit, my attachment for the show is quite fresh. I've started to watch it about 3 years ago, and like lot of us in my age, I've started with New Who. As a fresh and new fan, the show opened a whole new world for me and thanks for all those wonderful episodes, Doctors, and references, I've finally reached the time when I can safely dive myself into the beginning of the phenomenon. And I'm planning to do that so. Same as with the Original Star Trek, I watched it when I finished with all the others... and I have never the less disregarded any episode, any point from the classic series. So formally, I would like to apologise to my viewers if I was too enthusiastic about my this episode, but it was just something that after Season 8-9 was such a refreshing experience to watch. I do respect everyone's opinion on the show and I accept the critic too. :) So let's jump into the review, watch out, spoilers ahead. :)
The episode called The Pilot and however it was a duality. It was called the pilot as the show was formally started again, but also we had the pilot for that "clever puddle." Well, that "clever puddle" wanted to get back together with the ship and they were looking for a Pilot, so it was sort of funny as we got a second meaning for the episode. The story starts with The Doctor as a teacher in the university. I love the way how he's teaching... gosh, Capaldi would have made a really good teacher anywhere. :) And we have Bill, the he girl who serves chips in the canteen and unintentionally fattens her crush... she is one of a kind. :) She meets Heather who had a contact with that "clever puddle" and she transformed into that engine liquid. So she still finds her as a crush, but she sort of not at all that person any more. Than the chase begins through time and space when the Doctor try to run out this "puddle creature," but finally realises it was just looking for Bill. When Bill finally let her go, they returned to the University. The Doctor attempts a "memory wipe" on Bill, but she pointed out it would have heart him in the same situation... than Clara came in as memory.... hopefully for the last time! :/ The Doctor had a little "argument" with Susan, River and with the Tardis... but finally he invites Bill on board and the journey begins.
If I would have to choose - and again, from the New Who era - I think as a favourite Doctor would be somewhere between 10/11 at the first place, than 12 and finally 9th. Now, Capaldi's Doctor for me was always the odd one. I loved his version of the time lord in season 9, but I overly annoyed with Clara as she took over the whole story from him. Season 8 was just a bit of a learning curve, although I had good fun watching Flatline. :) In here Capaldi finally got his best as our favourite Timelord. I loved how funny he was, how silly and at some point how serious as well. The interaction between him and Nardol was more or less was like "brotherhood!" Either way, it had it's really good fusion. His connection with Bill was amazing s well. I specially like the fact as when he wanted to delete her memories about what happened and Bil said "Just imagine if someone does the same thing with you..." Now that was the scene when the Doctor realised Clara have done the same thing with him. He still remember to Clara, bur he doesn't know why. I've found quite touching seeing the first "companion" Susan and the "last one," River Song in his desk. Sort of the beginning and the end. Not to mention the sonic screwdrivers that just looked amazing in one bunch. :) Seems like the Doctor also made a promise that we have to wait to find out what and who is that for...
Bill, The New Companion
As I've said in my reaction video I've fell in love with Bill. She is just amazing. At one point she felt like Donna Noble and Amy Pond with a touch of Martha Jones. Like having the best of 2-3 different characters in her personality and also her own self... now that's a bit timey-wimey I know. :) But I loved her, I still do and she is a fantastic companion. Totally refreshing to see her interacting with the Doctor, and she even brings out a new enthusiasm from him. The Doctor was mourning Clara for such a long time and finally he can move on. The fact as she is an openly gay character is not a problem at all. Apart from Captain jack, there wasn't anyone I remember who was open about their sexuality. It's the 21st century, she is adorable and she is just simply amazing! :) I really liked as they went into her life with those pictures that she received from her foster-mum - who I've found very narcissistic - and even that little reflection in the mirror that clearly indicates the Doctor's involvement on her life. Well, I think it was just pure curiosity. 11 travelled back to the time when Clara was a little girl, so I'm not surprised on this. Although I'm curious if she will ask this from her at all at one point? Overall the character is just such a delight, finally a no Clara Oswald, and the Doctor seems happier than before. :)
The first time when we saw Nardol, it was in the Christmas special back in 2015 with the episode called The Husbands of River Song. Now he was a little bit like Mr. Bean, only he was talking. :) In that episode he got his head detached from his body... and the last episode he's got back together. Now here we finally understood he's got a robotic body where the Doctor attached his head back. I liked how he's a sort of "assistant" for the Doctor. He works really well in the series and I'm looking forward to see all free in the screen more. :)
Coming Soon Bits
Now obviously at the end of the episode we've got so much clue and bits for the new season. Missy is coming back, there will be Daleks, classic Cyberman, and even John Simm's Master! Everyone talked about a multiple Doctor story, but a multiple Master has never been performed before. I'm really curious how the Master and Missy will interact in the screen.
Personally I really enjoyed the episode, I love the new companion, the series feels fresh and new. It has the perfect balance between serious and funny! An ideal Doctor Who story... at least for me. :) As I've done it with the first episode I'm going to do my second quick reaction on the new episode this Saturday evening as well and a similar "longer review" of the story here, in the website. Hopefully I will be able to do this till the end of the show, but the video reviews might going to change at one point due to upcoming holidays. Please don't forget to visit the website in a regular basis as articles like this coming out every week in different topics. Till than please don't forget to share your opinion of the first episode on the new seasn in the comment section below. :) _\\//