Peter Ca­paldi has no time to lose

The Daily Telegraph - Review - - Television & Radio -

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

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