Big news today for Whovians, as BBC America revealed that Pearl Mackie will be joining Doctor Who and Peter Capaldi’s twelfth doctor as the new companion, Bill (Bill?) There have been rumblings ever since Jenna Louise Coleman’s departure to star as Queen Victoria in an upcoming ITV drama, but now fans are able to get a glimpse of Mackie as Bill, in a short clip where she and Capaldi are hiding from the Daleks, before taking off. “2017 needs us!” he says, guiding her down the corridor to freedom.
Mackie said of the role,
“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!”
Check out the new clip below:
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!
“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.”
In the clip there’s also a reference to going “back to the future,” so did the Doctor pick Bill up in the 1980s? As Vanity Fair notes in their great take on Mackie as Bill, Bill seems to harken back to a different kind of companion than the ones we’ve typically seen in the Steven Moffat era. But with Season 10 being Moffat’s last, perhaps we’re already seeing the winds of change …
Doctor Who Season 10 will premiere in the distant future of 2017.