The wait is over.
The new companion for Series 10 of Doctor Who has been announced. British actress Pearl Mackie will join The Doctor as his new companion, “Bill.”
BBC.com has some light to shed on just who the new companion is in their most recent posting.
“Mackie, who graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, is currently performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.”
The announcement was made on BBC One during the halftime of the FA Cup semi-final match between Everton and Manchester United at 18:00 BST.
In a recent release from BBC America, Mackie is quoted as saying:
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. 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.
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!
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!”
Mackie will replace Jenna Coleman, who portrayed Clara Oswald, the companion the eleventh (Matt Smith) and twelfth (Capaldi) incarnations of The Doctor. Coleman first made her appearance in the series during the premiere episode of the seventh series, “Asylum of the Daleks.” She would make her last appearance during the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special which also featured Game of Thrones regular Maisie Williams.
Doctor Who will only air a Christmas special in 2016, with Series 10 starting sometime in 2017.
This will be the last series for longtime show runner Steven Moffat. He will be replaced by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall in Series 11.