by Lee Travis
Who's Companion? The Pilot (Series 10, EP 1)
Television shows with dense, complex, sometimes convoluted stories and mythologies have never scared me. I've devoured shows like LOST, Fringe, Hannibal, The X-Files, and Game of Thrones. One show, however, has always intimidated me. The sci-fi masterpiece that has spanned over 50 years, Doctor Who. I never knew where to start.
Series 10 of the famed BBC show will be my first foray into the Doctor's story. I know the surface legend of the Doctor. Time Lord, regeneration, sonic screwdriver, and the TARDIS. I've always heard that your first Doctor is your favorite Doctor. Which might be an issue since this is the last series with Peter Capaldi. But from what I saw in "The Pilot" I'm in safe hands for this adventure.
"The Pilot" introduces the Doctor's newest companion Bill Potts, a woman who sneakily attends the Doctor's lectures while he teaches at University. The personal story was the perfect onboarding episode for a new watcher. I felt as if Bill and I were on an excellent adventure through time and space. The mysterious vault, why a spaceship was in Bristol, and a war that happened in the past were all epic in their own right but the deeply personal story between Bill and Heather nicely balanced the episode. Heather, who was the villain of the week, maintained a T-1000 level of intensity while remaining sympathetic as she chased the Doctor and his companion across the galaxy. And time. Heather is one hard synthetic oil creature to shake.
I'm on the TARDIS with the Twelfth Doctor this series. I'm open and willing to learn all about the universe of Doctor Who, but please bear with me as I find my footing. The Doctor received two new companions this season. One that he selected, and one that picked this moment in fixed time to join his fandom. Now, could I get those TARDIS bathroom directions again?
What are your favorite Doctor Who episodes I should watch? Leave a comment below and let me know on Twitter @lostthenumbers.