With Jenna Coleman’s departure from “Doctor Who” comes the introduction of a new companion for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the upcoming tenth season. On Saturday, April 23, BBC America announced that the new companion, Bill, will be played by Pearl Mackie, via a video clip.
Coleman left at the end of “Doctor Who” season 9, as Clara set out in her own TARDIS. And that means that Capaldi’s Doctor needs someone new by his side for his adventures.
As you can see in the video above, when Mackie’s Bill encounters a Dalek, she has a few questions for the Doctor, mainly, “What’s a Dalek?” “It’s a Dalek,” he tells her, but she points out that’s not an explanation (at least, not for someone who’s never heard of one before). And why not just say “kill” instead of “exterminate,” she wonders, considering it would be quicker. “Do we really want them to save time?” He asks. And then it’s time for them to get back to the future. “2017 needs us,” he tells her, and it’s time to run.
On joining the series, Mackie has said, “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!”
Capaldi has said, “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.”
“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,” executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has said in a statement. This year will be his last.
“Doctor Who” season 10 will air on BBC America. What do you think of Pearl Mackie as the new companion?