HUGE day in the Who-niverse with the introduction of the Doctor’s newest companion.
Meet Bill, played by Pearl Mackie!
Pearl Mackie will join Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the 2016 Christmas special, followed by the Season 1- premiere set for Spring 2017. It will air on Space in Canada, BBC America in the US, and BBC in the UK.
An acclaimed stage actress, this is Mackie’s first major television role. Here is what she had to say about joining the cast of Doctor Who:
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.
Peter Capaldi welcomed his new co-star: “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.”
Executive Producer Steven Moffat added, “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”
What do you think of Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s new companion?
Photo and video Courtesy of BBC America.