Doctor Who Season 10: Premiere Synopsis for “The Pilot”


Doctor Who is finally back. But what can we expect from Season 10? The official synopsis gives us a peek into premiere episode, “The Pilot.”

It’s been over a year since Season 9 aired, but a new season of Doctor Who is (finally!) almost here! And while we’re all definitely excited for the series’ return, big changes are in store. Season 10 will mark Peter Capaldi’s final run as the Doctor. There is a new companion, a girl named Bill Potts. Played by Pearl Mackie, Bill will not only be a new face in the TARDIS, but will also serve as Doctor Who’s first openly gay companion. Matt Lucas is back as fan favorite comic relief Nardole. And there are lots and lots of monsters – some old, and some new.

The Season 10 premiere is called “The Pilot”. And, in true Doctor Who fashion, we don’t know a lot about what to expect from it.

The official synopsis for the season premiere, according to the BBC:

Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?

This description definitely has a “new beginning” feel. This isn’t that weird, given that “The Pilot” is the start of an all new adventure for the Doctor, and a new era for the show, thanks to the introduction of Bill. And given how convoluted the story became towards the end of Jenna Coleman’s run as Clara? A fresh start is probably exactly what we all need.

But, since this is a Steven Moffat production, there is a hint that something about Bill isn’t quite normal. “A girl with a star in her eye” doesn’t necessarily sound that different from “the girl who waited” (Amy) or “the impossible girl” (Clara), does it? What that means for Bill’s future is up in the air, of course. But it certainly sounds like there’s more to the Doctor’s new companion that meets the eye.

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Doctor Who Season 10 begins Saturday, April 15 on BBC One and BBC America.