Doctor Who

Pearl Mackie Is Doctor Who‘s New Companion!

The actress joins Peter Capaldi for Season Ten

Pearl Mackie is stepping into the TARDIS as the Doctor’s newest companion.

The British actress has been cast as Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor Who co-star following Jenna Coleman’s exit last year. Mackie’s character is named Bill.

The BBC announced the casting live on air during half time of the FA Cup semi-final today. Along with the announcement came a 2-minute scene of the Doctor and Bill on screen together — running from the Daleks, naturally. Watch “Friend from the Future” below.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” Mackie said. “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.”

“It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who,” Capaldi said. “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.”

Doctor Who returns Christmas Day with the newest holiday special. Season Ten is expected to bow next spring.


Darren is a fan of all things science fiction, and founded the popular Stargate website GateWorld in 1999, followed by SciFi Stream in 2007. He lives in the Seattle area.

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