"The Pilot"
Series Doctor Who
Season 10/36, Episode 1
Doctor Who 2005 10x01 001
Air date April 15th, 2017
Writers Steven Moffat
Director Lawrence Gough
Producers Peter Bennett; Brian Minchin; Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi; Pearl Mackie; Matt Lucas
Episode guide
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"The Pilot" is the first episode of season ten of the relaunch of the British cult classic sci-fi series Doctor Who. It is the 835th episode of the entire franchise. It was directed by Lawrence Gough with a script written by Steven Moffat. It first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the United States on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 9:00 pm.

Cast Edit

Starring Edit

Actor Role
Peter Capaldi The Doctor
Pearl Mackie Bill Potts
Matt Lucas Nardole

Guest Starring Edit

Actor Role
Stephanie Hyam Heather
Jennifer Hennessy Moira
David Olawale Ayinde Edwardian working class
Nicholas Briggs Daleks

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This series is rated TV-PG.
  • This is the first episode of the series to air in 2017.
  • This episode aired immediately prior to the pilot episode of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class.
  • This is the forty-third episode of Doctor Who written by Steven Moffat. It is his first episode in season ten of the series.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of the episode is a term used to describe the first episode of any television series. According to writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the episode is named as such because it represents a fresh starting point for viewers, presenting all of the essential elements one would need to get them ready for what is to follow.
  • Reference is made to River Song in this episode. River Song was the "wife" of the doctor. They spent a final 24-year night together on Darillium before she died in The Library in "Forest of the Dead".
  • The words that the Doctor writes on his chalk board are Time And Relative Dimension In Space, or TARDIS.

Quotes Edit

  • The Doctor: Time... time doesn't pass. The passage of time is an illusion. And life is the magician. Because life only lets you see one day at a time.





  • Nardole: So how do we know this water thing is actually dangerous?
  • The Doctor: Ah, because most things are.
  • Nardole: Oh, that's true.
  • Bill Potts: Why? Is everything out here evil?
  • The Doctor: Hardly anything is evil. But most things are hungry. Hunger looks very like evil from the wrong end of the cutlery. or do you think your bacon sandwich loves you back?

See also Edit


The World of Doctor Who

Doctor Who miscellaneous

External Links Edit

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