DOCTOR WHO, 10.1 – “The Pilot” (TV Review)

BBC One – 7:20pm – Saturday 15th April 2017

Written by: Steven Moffat

Directed by: Lawrence Gough


 

BEAUTY OR CHIPS?

With series ten confirmed as the last hurrah for current Doctor Patrick Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, this seems like a premature time to have a soft reboot, but as the introductory episode of latest companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), the facetiously-titled “The Pilot” was as good a time as any to reinstate some of the long-running BBC institution’s ground-rules to a new audience. So we have a joke about the enigmatic Time-lord’s name (“Doctor what?”), a cameo from his greatest adversary, frequent nods to the true nature of the stuck-in-the-guise-of-a-Police-Box T.A.R.D.I.S., and bemused questions from the perspective of a franchise newbie (“Is this a knock-through?”).

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Doctor Who: The Movie (Blu-ray Review)

12 – 86mins – 1996


 

AN EYE FOR A LIFE

A staple of BBC programming for years before and after, this TV Movie – broadcast in May of 1996 but set on New Year’s Eve 1999 – is something of a black sheep in the serialised sci-fi family drama’s cannon. Premiering during the “wilderness years” after its 1989 cancellation it was intended as a backdoor pilot to a revived series, but never capitalising on its renewed interest in the dormant property. Doctor Who wouldn’t return to weekly episodes for almost another decade.

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