Peter Capaldi has no time to lose
BBC One, 7.20pm
This is something of a momentous new run for
Doctor Who. It’s not only the 10th series since the sci-fi franchise’s 2005 reboot but sees the introduction of the latest companion and marks the final 12 episodes for both the show’s star, Peter Capaldi, and long-serving head writer Steven Moffat, who hands the reins to
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall after this year’s Christmas special.
This opening adventure, titled The
Pilot, sees two worlds collide when the Doctor has a chance encounter with Bristol University canteen worker Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) – “a girl with a star in her eye”. A terrifying chase across time and space soon opens Bill’s mind to a universe which is bigger and more exciting than she’d ever imagined. Through her eyes, we see the magic of the Tardis anew – and at last discover the location of its on-board toilet. But what is the Doctor’s secret mission on Earth with his wisecracking ally Nardole (Matt Lucas)? Moffat’s playful script, in a series opener that requires little foreknowledge of Whovian trivia, is full of surprises, Capaldi is at his charismatic best, and TV debutant Mackie shines. It’s a bold start to what promises to be a vintage year. Michael Hogan
Travel companions: Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie