“Doctor Who” introduces Pearl Mackie as new companion

The BBC released a teaser trailer for the 10th Season (or “series” in the UK) of Doctor Who, introducing fans to the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) brand new companion.

The companion reveal aired during BBC One’s halftime coverage of the soccer FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.

The 2-minute teaser introduced viewers to “Bill,” played by newcomer Pearl Mackie. This is the first major television starring role for Mackie, who currently is performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Mackie replaces Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), who was introduced in the show’s 7th season as the new companion for the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). Coleman departed last season in order to play Queen Victoria in ITV’s  Victoria mini-series.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” Mackie said in an interview with the BBC. “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.”

Mackie described Bill as “wicked, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable” and “a bit of geekiness thrown in.”

Despite the 2-minute teaser, official filming for the new season of Doctor Who has not officially begun yet. The series will film later this year, beginning with the 2016 Christmas Special before airing the new season in 2017.

Check out the new trailer and tell us what you think. Are you excited for the new companion or do you wish Clara was still around?




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