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April 23rd, 2016 112 comments

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Pearl Mackie to be New Companion

Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who companion alongside Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord in the Tardis.

The Londoner’s role was announced on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final match between Everton and Manchester United.

Mackie replaces Jenna Coleman, whose character Clara Oswald left the show in 2015.

Filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.

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.






  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 11:14am

    U might be surprized of how good she might be. Don’t let new things stop u from what u like

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 11:11am

    Change is part of doctor who. U just have to get used to it and u never know. U might find she’s good. Don’t go like that

  • TheMoonbase

    April 24th, 2016 - 10:48am

    I think her name could be something like Wilhelmina, the female form of William (my name!) and, like Ace, she would be embarrassed by her real name so shortens it to Bill.

  • Doctor Fish Fingers and Custard

    April 24th, 2016 - 10:23am

    I like how the Doctor has returned to his old suit from Season 8. That was always my favorite.

  • A

    April 24th, 2016 - 10:07am

    It’s nice to see everyone has such an optimistic, sensible… Oh, wait… No, not everyone. Watch an episode or two before vowing never to watch again if you are any sort of fan. Complain bitterly after you have some more evidence. Give her a chance to be introduced properly. One of the risks of Who is the ever changing cast, but it’s also kinda the point – new Doctors, new companions.

  • A

    April 24th, 2016 - 9:50am

    I think the whole scene is an intro to the new companion & possibly won’t even appear in series 10. Into the future of 2017 could be a reference to the air date of the next series.

  • Micah Adamson

    April 24th, 2016 - 9:31am

    The Doctor says that they’ve got to go to the future of 2017. Does that mean that Bill is from the past? Or has she already taken a trip in the TARDIS from 2017 to whenever in the past they are?

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 8:26am

    Might surprize you. Anything could happen

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 8:22am

    Doctor who does have a few episodes with a bit of CBBC to it. Like dinosaurs on a spaceship

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 8:19am

    Maybe its because the daleks have a new look and they don’t want to spoil it

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 8:10am

    I think she will be great. Looking forward to series 10

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 24th, 2016 - 6:49am

    The blatantly re-used stock footage from Into the Dalek was not welcome, though. Really quite lazy, there.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 24th, 2016 - 6:48am

    It’s hilarious just how amused she is by a Dalek. Of course, we all know by now what a Dalek is and why it’s a scary creature to many of us, but this is her first encounter with the evil little space-Nazis, and she’s seeing this salt-shaker shaped tank armed with a gun that looks like an egg whisk and an arm that looks like a plunger, and she is just amused by it. It also really feels like she’s going to be an ordinary human from Earth, which really is what we need after Amy and River and Clara. Let’s make this a Christmas in July special, ’cause I don’t want to wait!

  • AlphaOmega

    April 24th, 2016 - 3:02am

    Bill, welcome to the TARDIS! Hope you survive the trip 😉

  • Siege mode tardis

    April 24th, 2016 - 1:19am

    Give the girl a chance, she came across as funny and a little quirky, something new, which I think doctor who could do with. The only thing that let the scene down was reusing old dalek clip, shame on you bbc for being lazy. I think she’ll be good.

  • Savethecoffeeboysavetheworld

    April 23rd, 2016 - 11:47pm

    She might be alien you never know.

  • JasonisnotaRobot

    April 23rd, 2016 - 11:37pm

    Anyone else notice the subtle prince tribute on Bills t-shirt?

  • Exterminator

    April 23rd, 2016 - 10:28pm

    I like her already. Good luck Pearl.

  • Doctor Stu

    April 23rd, 2016 - 9:55pm

    It’s not her that I have a problem with I think she will be great, I just thought that the whole scene was poorly written and the dialogue was cringy it all felt very CBBC to me

  • DoctorFan

    April 23rd, 2016 - 9:49pm

    If this is actually from a future episode as it says they have to change the 1st 10 seconds because they’ve used parts from into the dalek and it’s cringingly obvious to me and will be to other fans if that isn’t changed.

  • Fed_up-Dalek

    April 23rd, 2016 - 9:33pm

    Oh wow….ANOTHER Female companion…….

    Really, what is happening? is this the set rule? no male companions? or alien companions?
    I can say that i’m not impressed at her role.
    Sorry this is could be the end of doctor who……

  • DOCTOR 12

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:38pm

    I mean watch her first episode and if she is rubbish don’t watch doctor who if u miss understood me

  • whorules

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:26pm

    already posted a reply to a silly negative comment, but have now just read the rest and i have to say that yes, there are times i am ashamed to be a fan… give the girl a proper chance. disgusting behavior from people…

  • MrHaloWho

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:26pm

    Looks like a Comic Relief video.

  • Doctor3000

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:24pm

    Is she related to Anthony Mackie (Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) or just the same surname?
    If they are related, I would love to see Anthony Mackie star in Doctor Who

  • whorules

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:22pm

    wow! indeed… the bashing starts… i’m ashamed to be a fan at times…

  • The Moffat Paradox

    April 23rd, 2016 - 8:02pm

    Doctor and new companion located !
    Doctor and new companion located !
    Doctor and new companion located !


  • 12th Doctor Fan

    April 23rd, 2016 - 7:49pm

    Delighted, already want a jacket like hers, loved the clip, clever way of introducing the new companion.

  • Savethecoffeeboysavetheworld

    April 23rd, 2016 - 7:35pm

    I like her a lot already she is gonna be great! Can’t wait for spring 2017!!!

  • Anonymous

    April 23rd, 2016 - 7:34pm

    Wow. Give. Her. A. Chance.

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