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The new series of doctor who has landed with the pilot-and the critics and fans have been raving about it all week! You can see the episodes, which will be updated weekly, on Iplayer by clicking on the links below:
Some videos can be seen below. These are various behind the scenes videos which you can watch:
Pearl Mackie describes how to cosplay as Bill
Peter, Pearl and Steven discuss the best way to deliver an iconic who line.
Stephanie Hyam describes how Heather became the killer puddle
Below, you can see some critics reviews of the episode:
The Telegraph's Ben Lawrence was pleased with the pairing: "their relationship, on the basis of this sensitively written episode, looks set to be the best since Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler and David Tennant’s Doctor flirted through time and space over a decade ago.". Clair Woodward in the Express had similar thoughts: "showrunner and writer Stephen Moffatt has pulled off what many thought was an impossible feat by bringing some much-needed humanity back to the series, a great deal of which comes from new female companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who has a really lovely chemistry with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. I can’t remember the old sod smiling so much." Colleague Neela Debnath for the Sunday Express added: "newcomer Pearl feels totally natural in the role and is a strong fit for Doctor Who, with elements of Eighties companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), thanks to those patches on her coat but also her intelligence. You get the sense that she might have a science background like Ace’s extensive knowledge of chemistry, although there is nothing to prove it - and she is simply working in the university canteen.".
Of course there's always those who don't take to the show so easily. The Mail on Sunday chose to focus on Bill's sexuality, citing feminist campaigner Julie Bindel's thoughts: "This is something that is clearly done for the benefit of those who just think of it as girl-on-girl titillation. I don’t want to have representations of lesbians which is all about sexism, double entendres and sexualised behaviour. It’s just taking two women and using the blueprint of sexist heterosexuality."
Daniel Jackson in the Mirror noted: "it’s quite telling that the director pulled focus to a photo of The Doctor’s granddaughter during her introduction - it reaffirms how Moffat sees the new coupling.". Patrick Mulkern from the Radio Times added: "Susan has barely been mentioned since her departure in 1964. Carole Ann Ford reprised the role in The Five Doctors (1983), we saw a blur of Susan fleeing Gallifrey in The Name of the Doctor (2013), and of course Susan was An Unearthly Child, the focus of the original “Pilot Episode” in 1963. For now, I’m not reading too much into this sudden reminder of her existence."
Summing up the feel of the episode as a whole, Patrick continued: "The Pilot has a lovely visual flair and is given an energetic snap from director Lawrence Gough. The effects of the menacing puddle and the watery transformations are expertly handled. But there’s a simple pleasure to be had in the presentation of our old friend, the Tardis. Never has it looked more stunning than in the gradual zoom-out from Bill at the police box doors as the lights and mechanisms flicker to life.. Jeff Robson of the i commented: "Bill was totally hooked – and, with reservations, so was I. It was amazing that in a set-up seen quite a few times before Moffat, director Lawrence Gough and the two leads still managed to serve up plentiful helpings of sharp dialogue and pulse-racing moments. Mackie could well be the breath of fresh air the series needs. She’s more down to earth than Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but believably gobsmacked by it all too."
With the story overall, Ben commented: "this episode may not have pushed all the buttons, but it was a reminder of how good Doctor Who can be when it tugs at the heartstrings, and moves from pyrotechnics into a more thoughtful, psychologically ambitious orbit.". Clair's thoughts: "This first episode brought Doctor Who’s humanity back, after a long, chilly spell. “What are any of us looking for? We’re looking for someone who’s looking for us,” said the Doctor about Bill’s crush on Heather, but it obviously applied to the way he felt about his new companion as well. I think viewers will find the new partnership equally loveable, and plotlines more understandable."Dan Martin of the Guardian observes: "it’s ironic and impressive, for a showrunner who gets criticised for reusing ideas, that Steven Moffat has delivered one of his freshest openers for his final run. It would indeed be a good place to join the show. In fact, I might start my little nephew off right here." Daniel noted: "more importantly, this episode nails the mellowing of the 12th Doctor. Perhaps his 50-year stint on Earth has done him good? Capaldi’s Doctor is certainly showing his more caring side."
Additional views and reviews of The Pilot can be found at: Belfast Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Digital Spy, Wales Online, TV.com, The Quietus, Vox, A.V. Club, Screener.
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Plus, here's the ratings round up. In terms of overnight viewing figures, doctor Who News have this description:
Doctor Who - The Pilot had an overnight viewing figure of 4.64 million viewers, a share of 24.8% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial viewing figures.
Saturday's top show was Britain's Got Talent on ITV which had 8.65 million watching.
Doctor Who was BBC One's second highest rated show for the evening, just behind All Round to Mrs Brown's which had 4.67 million. It just beat Pointless Celebrities which had 4.34 million watching. Casualtyhad 3.48 million.
Final figures, including those who timeshift, will be released next Monday, which should see Doctor Who substantially increase its audience.
AI wise, the episode received a score of 83, similar to the one received at the season opener in the previous series.
Series 10 coming soon trailer
At the end of the pilot, a new trailer for series 10 was released:
Some new trailers for tonights episode were released too:
Knock Knock synopsis
The BBC have released the official synopsis for Knock Knock, the fourth episode of Series 10:
Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy?
The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?
The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas. David Suchet guest stars at the Landlord.
They have also announced that a 'binaural audio edition' of this episode will be available on BBC iPlayer immediately after it is broadcast on TV. This special version creates a 3D surround sound effect for anyone wearing headphones, placing them at the heart of the action in this nail-biting episode.
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A classic face could return this Christmas
Doctor Who will have a unique time travelling companion in the Christmas Special – in the shape of his first incarnation.
Bradley previously portrayed the actor behind the first timelord for the BBC sci-fi show’s 50th drama An Adventure In Space and Time.
He will flank Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor in this year’s festive outing, following the departure of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts at the end of this series (despite rave reviews after her debut on Saturday).
An insider revealed: “David was convincing as Hartnell, it’s exciting he’s back. Four years ago it took all the previous Doctors to save Gallifrey, so maybe some of the others will also pop up in Capaldi’s swansong. It’s great that the 1st Doctor will be there to help out during those all-important regeneration moments.”
Rumoured plot details:
In the plot, the 1st Doctor has to help the 12th play out his last mission in the TARDIS. The pair must work together to save home planet Gallifrey by moving it to another dimension.
Fans will discover the close-up shot of Capaldi’s eyes from the 50th special, The Day of the Doctor, was actually the start of his own regeneration.
The scene, which was the only glimpse that viewers got of Matt Smith’s successor during the entire episode, will be returned to at Christmas as Capaldi transforms into the 13th Doctor.
BBC rule out female doctor
The BBC have said there are “currently no plans” for a female Timelord, but they’ve announced it in an unusual manner.
The discovery comes after a keen Doctor Who fan filed an official complaint to the Beeb with concerns switching the gender of the role would confuse his kids. And amazingly, a BBC worker wrote back and “assured” him it would be another man.
Complaints officer Joanne Coyne wrote: “We appreciate that you’re a big Doctor Who fan and you have concerns that the programme would change should there be a female doctor. Be assured there are currently no plans to have a female Doctor Who.”
They also said their worries would be passed onto senior managers and programme makers “including the Doctor Who team”.
Other women alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge to have been touted for the job include Game of Thrones’ NATALIE DORMER, Broadchurch’s OLIVIA COLMAN and Hollywood star TILDA SWINTON.
Fellow potential Timelords are former Death in Paradise actor KRIS MARSHALL, sports pundit JIM ROSENTHAL’s comedian son TOM and Homeland’s DAVID HAREWOOD.
Tellingly, all a BBC spokeswoman said on the matter was: “No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11.”
Has 13th doctor been cast?
The Mirror Online has been told by a show insider who the new man – or woman – to take on the job will be.
Bookies had been offering odds on Tilda Swinton and Olivia Colman to become the first female Doctor.
But the Mirror understands that the next actor to become a Time Lord is Kris Marshall.
And the new Doctor is set to join the show during the 10th series, rather than in the Christmas special.
Our source revealed: “Kris Marshall has already joined the cast and will regenerate at the end of this series, not in the Christmas special. They won’t risk a woman Doctor. They want a David Tennant type.”
Kris’s representatives have refused to comment.
The fan show
For the first series 10 aftershow, Christel Dee talks to new companion Pearl Mackie and showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat.
You can see our review of the pilot here
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