Today, BBC and BBC America announced the Doctor’s new companion for the upcoming season of Doctor Who. Stage actress Pearl Mackie will be joining Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as the character “Bill” on the fan-favorite Sci-Fi series. According to BBC America, this is Pearl’s first major role on television. Congrats, Pearl, this is a HUGE first big gig!
Here is the trailer they released for the announcement, where Bill learns what Daleks are! –
Pearl said of her new adventure, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!
Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.
I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can’t wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!
Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyrotechnics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I’m not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!”
Peter Capaldi said of his new companion, “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”
Here are photos of Pearl and Peter released by BBC today –
Upon viewing the trailer we can already tell Bill is a bit sassy, and she doesn’t mind asking questions, which is something all the best companions do! We’re looking forward to seeing her in action when the Christmas Special airs later this year, and when Season 10 arrives in 2017 on BBC America.
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Photos © BBC/Ray Burmiston
Video © BBC/BBC America