The Pilot

This edit was started just a few hours after the episode aired, as I could see straight away that there were a few changes I could make that would improve a show that otherwise required very little in the way of cutting down. You can tell that by comparing the running times – the broadcast version runs 49m 41s, the fan edit runs 47m 55s, a difference of just 1m 46s!

And so, a lot earlier than you were probably expecting, we present the Whoflix version of The Pilot for your fanboy and fangirl download delight!

Since The Pilot is intended as a jumping on point for Doctor Who, let’s take this as your jumping on point for Fan Editing and quickly run through What You Need To Know:

To do a Fan Edit you need a DVD, some software to rip it to your Hard Drive and some other software to edit it.

Making a Fan Edit involves taking stuff out, putting stuff in, and, sometimes, adding stuff.

That’s pretty much it, thought the essential simplicity of it is often much more complicated than that. You should try it for yourself, but if you’re happy just watching mine, that’s great too.

And so, with that out of the way…

Series Ten of Doctor Who in 2017 gets started by riffing on Rose, which is where it all began back in 2005, with a story that is really about the companion rather than the Doctor.  Like Rose Tyler before her, Bill Potts has a mum, albeit a foster mum instead of a biological one, who has a man problem. That’s one problem Bill doesn’t have since she’s a lesbian.

DWM had Izzy Sinclair long before the Beeb brought us Bill Potts, and thankfully the fact that she fancies birds not blokes isn’t made a big deal of.

Let’s just say that Whoflix is no fan of the Leftist Progressive Globalist Political Agenda that seeks to eradicate the differences between us and have us all treat each other the same. That’s fine if you are into the theoretical idealism of student politics but in the practicalities of the real world it doesn’t work. The lie is that it produces a rainbow of tolerant diversity, when the truth is that what it actually does is impose a bland, grey, uniformity. How very like the villainy of the Doctor’s enemies…

Luckily for us this episode sticks to telling a simple love story that just happens to involve two girls, only one of whom gets to travel with the Doctor. Poor old Heather may have been potential companion material but she would probably have been Rory to Bill’s Amy so her watery demise is probably for the best.

The first cut is to the very opening of the episode, losing Nardole showing Bill into Twelvy’s study. Okay, so we know he’s a cyborg, a human/humanoid head on a mechanical body, which is strangely familiar when you think about it… but the comedy of bits falling off his body is undermined by the fact that the servos in his left leg don’t squeak on his way out. And having a cold open on Bill sitting and waiting for Twelvy does the job just as well.

Quite what Twelvy is doing lecturing at St Luke’s Uni in Bristol is cleared up early on when we learn that there’s something locked away in what looks like a Gallifreyan Time Vault underneath the campus. Instead of retiring to curate the National Gallery, he’s spend the past 50 or 70 years doing a Chronotis, all the while guarding what’s locked in the Vault. Presumably he chose Bristol to avoid bumping into his other selves…

As for the Vault itself the first scene to feature it, the one where Bill follows the Doctor and Nardole, is our next cut. For one thing it’s blatant padding that’s only there to tease the mystery of what’s in the Vault and two, it doesn’t get referenced in the second scene it’s in so we can cut it without losing anything, allowing us to go from Twelvy’s “TARDIS means life!” lecture to Bill seeing Heather sitting on the bench.

And speaking of Bill’s Mum, that’s where we get our next cut, to the scene where Bill spots the Doctor reflected in a mirror in one of the photos of her dead mother, a photo that he is clearly taking.

Much like Clara going to all the effort to climb the staircase to the Doctor’s cloud in The Snowmen, only to then run away, it’s inconceivable that Bill wouldn’t confront Twelvy with what she’s seen. That’s what a real person would do, but Bill is a character in a story so she doesn’t. If a Time Lord had gone back into your personal timeline and met your mother and taken some photos of her for you to have following a conversation where you said you didn’t have many photos of her, and you spotted him in one of those photos, you’d mention it the next time you saw him. I would.

But in the very next scene, when Bill comes back to Uni after Xmas, is that what she does? No, she doesn’t. Unless she did and Twelvy mind-wiped her in a scene we didn’t get to see. Presumably that moment will be addressed in a later ep. I just hope we don’t get Father’s Day mk2…

And those are the only cuts I made to the episode.

But we’re not finished yet, there’s one more thing we have to do and that involves the other part of what fan Editing is all about. Instead of taking stuff out, you can put stuff in!

The teaser scene Friend From The Future introduced us to Bill long before The Pilot, but the episode only contained a fraction of that scene. I was a little disappointed by that and so I’ve put it all back in, cutting from the episode to the scene at the point where Bill asks what a Dalek is.

Overall, The Pilot is a great introduction to a great companion, a fizzing mix of Rose Tyler and Donna Noble, and as good an introduction to the world of Doctor Who as you could ask for.

6 thoughts on “The Pilot

  1. So it sounds like you didn’t cut out any of the sexual references in this episode, despite commenting that you didn’t care for them very much? I know that other viewers of your work have complained when you have made those cuts, but I appreciate some of those cuts the most.

    Of course, perhaps there was no way to logically tell the story without some of those bits. I’m not sure, as this year’s highly-publicized political agendas have prevented me from watching the new season at all! I’m trying to find out if your version is the ideal way to start the season (although it’s not an absolute deal-breaker if it isn’t).

    Please just let me know either way. Thanks!

    • There are no “sexual references” in the episode. How do you know there are sexual references in it if you haven’t watched it??? The fact that Bill is attracted to girls is clear but it’s a romantic attraction. The end of the story would have made no sense without some reference to Bill & Heather being attracted to each other, especially given how it impacts the finale.

      I assume by “complaints” you mean the cuts I made to Bill’s date with Penny in the Extremis fan edit? I don’t know where all this complaining is going on but thanks for letting me know that Whoflix is being talked about, even if it isn’t complimentary…

      Bill’s sexuality isn’t an issue. Neither is it a valid reason to not watch.

      • Sorry, I genuinely didn’t mean to offend. I gathered from many things I read about this season that Bill’s sexual preference was a heavy focus of the season and I prefer DW when it’s more like the old show, which was more family-friendly in that regard.

        While you did praise this episode for not making too much of Bill’s sexuality, you immediately followed that up by saying you were “no fan of the Leftist Progressive Globalist Political Agenda,” which suggested to me that political agendas were nonetheless being shoved down our throats on the program.

        As for others complaining about your work, I thought I recalled a discussion you had with Zarius in a thread about some people in a newsgroup (?) being offended that you cut out some references to Jenny and Vastra’s relationship in an episode? So I thought you preferred the show without such things, and would minimize them in your edits.

      • No offence taken, I think we’ve been at crossed purposes. Allow me to explain…

        Bill’s sexual preferences are made clear early on in episode one but it is pitched as romantic rather than sexual. Captain Jack is sexual, Bill isn’t. There are a few scattered references throughout the season, she has a date in episode six, but all we get is one brief kiss [no tonsil ticking!] between her and Heather at the close of episode twelve. Think McGann & Ashbrook.

        When I talk about the LWPGPA, I mean the fact that such relationships are inserted on purpose into dramas such as DW for political reasons. It’s the reason for the insertion of the relationships I find objectionable, not the relationships themselves.

        They’re not being shoved down our throats as such but they are purposely placed in DW, in this instance, to further the political agenda of the Left, and the majority of creatives are of the Left. That includes Moffat & Gaytits. There is no drama reason, within the fiction of DW, for Bill to be a lesbian and the only reason she is a lesbian is the politically motivated desire to have her be one.

        In 2015, just 1.7% of the population regarded themselves as homosexual. Heterosexuals were 93.7% and I’m one of them. Any fan edit will obviously reflect the preferences of the editor who made it and he will cut what he doesn’t want to watch in order to make what he regards as a better version of the story. And I prefer my DW without a political agenda, which is why I cut what I do when it comes to homosexuality. Nobody has to watch my fan edits, just as I don’t have to watch the transmitted original.

        I am not offended by Homosexuals in mainstream drama, what I dislike is the reason why they are there, the Leftist doctrine of Diversity.

      • No problem. Hope you watch and enjoy the edit, which has all of the “Hello Bill” sequence not in the TX version. That was the main reason for doing it.

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