There's an unwritten rule of being a Doctor Who fan: the waiting is the hardest part. You could say that for anything, but it couldn't be more true when it comes to the BBC's long-running revival of its even longer-running sci-fi epic, since its extended breaks slow the momentum and cast doubt on the show's future. The Season 10 delay came paired with the news that Peter Capaldi was leaving his position as the Sainted Physician after this year's Christmas special. And yet, with Season 10's premiere episode "The Pilot," Doctor Who seems to be doing what it does best: bouncing back, and it's all thanks to its central trio.
Doctor Who especially shows off its magic with some antics involving its newly formed threesome, comprised of new companion Bill, returning companion Nardole, and of course, The Doctor himself. Each of them gets their own unique way to stand out, forming a team that could make for one hell of a season. Here, we'll get into the big reasons why.
Bill Isn't Like Past Companions
Most other folks that step into the TARDIS exclaim that it's "bigger on the inside" and fall over themselves because of this fact. Not Bill, though, who is indeed impressed by the TARDIS, though she's not so gobsmacked that she can't think. The Doctor sees this in her, as he pretty much selects her to take his course as a university professor.
But perhaps her greatest difference from companions of the past -- no, it's not her sexuality -- is the fact that she doesn't seem that anchored down to Earth. This may change in the future, but for now, Bill almost feels like a human version of The Doctor, particularly after the loss of her new crush, Heather. With Bill's infinite curiosity and easy humor now tinged with a sense of loss, we might see her veering into some morally gray areas, and The Doctor may have to use his more human-like traits to bring her back from the edge.
Nardole Continues To Grow
Matt Lucas is an easy home run when it comes to casting a comedic figure. And when Nardole started out in "The Husbands of River Song," he was pretty much comedic relief for a heartbreaking and bittersweet special. But starting with "The Return of Doctor Mysterio," we saw that not only had Nardole been restored to some form of autonomy, but he's also gotten around to understanding The Doctor more. In fact, his time as River's associate has more than likely prompted him with the right mix of caring friend and goofy relief that help him along in his adventures.
By the time "The Pilot" rolled around, we witnessed a Nardole who's still funny, but seems to understand his role in the world of Doctor Who a little better. You can see it in his eyes when he warns Bill of The Doctor's more emotional side, as well as when he engages The Doctor in his usual witty banter.
The Doctor Is On A Personality Rebound
We last left the series after getting our yearly Christmas morsel in the light and enjoyable "The Return of Doctor Mysterio," which softened the Twelfth Doctor's image a little more. We've been gradually working away from the grumpy ostrich that was birthed back in the season 8 premiere, "Deep Breath." As we already know that Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor is on his way out, as well as showrunner Steven Moffat, this softening has us thinking that The Doctor of "The Pilot" is slowly coming back to his adventurous and kindly, but still stern, self in this next season.
Should this be true, his regeneration will be all the more heartbreaking, since The Doctor will be starting over just as he'd gotten used to living as this incarnation. Truth be told, we already miss Peter Capaldi, and it's only the season premiere. Though that won't stop us from wondering if whatever's in that vault will be the cause of his undoing.