There is a lot of change in the Doctor Who universe right now. With news of Steven Moffatt handing over the reigns of the show to Chris Chibnall and the introduction of a new spin-off called Class, it’s an exciting time to be a Whovian. Further still, after Jenna Coleman’s gut-wrenching departure last season, the Doctor has been in need of a new companion, and it would seem that finally–after loads of casting speculation from the fandom–the Doctor’s found her. The BBC got Whovians excited by showing us a ten-second clip teasing the reveal of the new companion’s identity (yep–teasers for casting announcements are apparently a thing now):
So who will the Doctor be travelling with in the upcoming season of Doctor Who? Meet Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), and check out this clip of Bill and the Doctor facing off against the Daleks!
We know next to nothing about this new companion apart from her name, but Bill’s fashion sense paired with the name of the clip “A Friend from the Future” (and the fact that the Doctor calls 2017–which will be the present for the new season–“the future”) makes me wonder if Bill isn’t from the past–like the 80’s or 90’s. She could just have vintage style, but the idea of the Doctor picking someone up to travel with from several decades ago is pretty interesting.
The actress herself, Pearl Mackie, is newer to the scene. According to the BBC, Mackie graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, she’s been on the BBC drama Doctors, and is currently in a show on the West End called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. There was a lot of speculation that the new companion would be an actress that we’d seen before in other BBC dramas, and of course there was plenty of speculation in the arena of the favorite Whovian dream of making regular companions of non-regular companions like River or Osgood. However, I’m excited to see the Doctor interact with someone completely new, and I cannot wait to see what Pearl Mackie brings to the role of Bill.
Filming starts for the new season of Who this year, which means we may get some more information on Bill in the coming months, even though we’ll have to wait until 2017 to formally be introduced.
What do you think of the new companion? Are you excited to learn more about Bill, or were you hoping it was someone else? Do you think Bill is from the past, as well? How are you going to pass the time until we get new episodes of Doctor Who? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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