The rumors and speculations are over folks! BBC has just announced the newest Doctor Who companion – and she’s not the one you expected!
The announcement was made on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final match between Everton and Manchester United. Pearl Mackie takes over companion position when Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) left the show back in 2015.
"I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family," 28-year-old 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," she added.
Jenna Coleman joined Doctor Who in 2012, and played the companion role to two Doctors, Matt Smith and the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. She left the show to play Queen Victoria in a major ITV drama series according to BBC.
First appeared on TV in 1963, Doctor Who was reintroduced in 2005 after a nine-year hiatus, and now moving for its Season 10. Filming for the next season of the time-travelling series will begin this 2016 but will air next year.
Pearl Mackie is an unknown British actress who appears at the National Theater’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night which is currently staged in London. She also played roles in the 2013 movie Svengali and on BBC’s The Doctors.
Hollywood Reporter wrote that Mackie is playing an entirely new character “Bill” and based on the just released new trailer, Bill looks like she’s got loads of spunk and is unaffected by her first encounter with one of the Doctor’s longtime enemies, a Dalek.
Mackie is the second actress with color to serve as companion to the Time Lord. The first one was Freema Agyeman, who played the role of Martha Jones beside the 10th Doctor, David Tennant.
Watch the trailer below.
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