Months before “Doctor Who” dives into its 10<sup>th season, BBC finally names the Time Lord’s newest companion – Pearl Mackie’s Bill.
Since Clara Oswald’s (Jenna Louise Coleman) devastating death back in season 9, fans of the show have started wondering who will take her place as Twelve’s (Peter Capaldi) right-hand person.
While there were qualms that the new assistant will be a man, an interview with Capaldi revealed otherwise. And now that the casting has been done and confirmed, fans of the show are already on the edges of their seats to find out more about the new relationship between the Doctor and B.
As for Mackie, the actress expressed her eagerness to fully dive into the world of one of the most iconic pop symbols in recent history.
“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,” the theater star said in a statement.
“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,” she continued.
Fans can expect Bill to be someone with very limited knowledge about the world that the Doctor is living in as confirmed by Capaldi. Interestingly, the short clip in which viewers were treated to a snippet of her and Twelve has somehow established her naivety. Unlike Clara who has enough knowledge of the time travelling character prior to her ties with Twelve, Bill’s facial expressions were that of shock and confusion while trying to interact with the Doctor.
The series is scheduled to be back in full production with a yet to be disclosed come back in 2017. But before that, fans can expect the Doctor in his annual Christmas special on Dec. 25 on BBC.