This Story: Series 10, Story 1. Production code 10.1
Overall: Story 265, Episode 834
Airdate: 15 Apr 2017
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Lawrence Gough
- There was a prequel to this story called “Friend from the Future” – a two minute sequence which introduced Bill Potts as the new companion (and included Daleks). This aired on 23 April 2016, almost a full year before the episode (and before the previous Christmas special (Doctor Mysterio).
- In this story, the Doctor has an “Out of Order” sign he hangs on the door of the Tardis. This sign looks an awful lot like a similar sign (even down to the font) used back in the William Hartnell story, “The War Machines“. There is a picture showing both below.
Links[ Wikipedia | Tardis Data Core | SPS Historium | US DVD | UK DVD | US Blu-Ray | UK Blu-Ray ]
#DoctorWhoMarathon Ep 834 - The Pilot (Story 265, Serial 10.1) - 15 Apr 2017 #DoctorWho 1/2— jᎾᎬ sᎥᎬᎶᏞᎬᏒ (@JoeSiegler) October 11, 2023
This is an odd ep. It's an admitted soft reboot - was designed to be an onramp for new fans, so several base show concepts are re-established. We get a new companion in Bill Potts. pic.twitter.com/8BLGU78Lda
#DoctorWhoMarathon Ep 834 - The Pilot (Story 265, Serial 10.1) - 15 Apr 2017 #DoctorWho 2/2— jᎾᎬ sᎥᎬᎶᏞᎬᏒ (@JoeSiegler) October 11, 2023
The story is mostly about Bill; theres no larger threat. There's a blink and you'll miss it cameo by the Movellans who haven't been seen since 79. Ep made me laugh out loud a few times. pic.twitter.com/c8huhnTxFH