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Pearl Mackie announced as new Doctor Who companion Bill

Clara Oswald's replacement has just been announced; Pearl Mackie will be stepping aboard the TARDIS for Doctor Who season 10. The reveal was made (somewhat ludicrously) in the half time commentary of BBC's Match Of The Day. Mackie will playing new companion Bill alongside Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

Peal Mackie is a relatively unknown; if you look at her IMDB resume you'll see one appearance in BBC long running drama Doctors but has appeared in the West End. The BBC have posted nine things about the new companion, including a clip of Bill and the Doctor evading Daleks from an upcoming season episode.

The new companion also had some great words to say about her debut on the show.

"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 pyro technics 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!” - BBC


More news as we have it, including whether Mackie will make her debut in the 2016 Christmas special or 2017's season 10...

Last updated: 19/04/2018 23:59:59

Doctor Who

The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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