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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.






  • MrHaloWho

    April 28th, 2016 - 6:52am

    As long as she’s not from the present day, I’m fine with it.

  • Joshua Pack

    April 27th, 2016 - 9:55pm

    I just seen the tenth doctor get hit by a Dalek. wish the tenth doctor stayed forever….. i mean, kindof does in a parallel universe for as long as a human… anyway, i think the doctor’s presence intimidates them.

  • Exterminator

    April 27th, 2016 - 3:12pm

    So is Bill going to be in this years Christmas special or not until series 10 in 2017?

  • The super whovian

    April 25th, 2016 - 7:33pm

    Lets be honest when anyone sees a dalek for a first a time they are amused….. until it kills someone

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 25th, 2016 - 7:00pm

    I wish we didn’t have to wait a whole year until doctor who. I’m already looking forward to it!

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2016 - 4:47pm

    This new companion looks like shes from the eighties with the style and if anyone wants to check out my youtube channel WHOVIAN63 it would be appreciated. i’ve made a video for the series 10 opening.

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    April 25th, 2016 - 3:37pm

    I loved Ace, so I’m grinning with delight, hubby’s already said yes to a jacket and a Bill with dr t shirt.

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2016 - 3:18pm

    Yea, I agree with this.

    The comment below about the daleks having a new look – it was already tried once badly and failed in that thrilling adventure from season 5.

  • Gillian

    April 25th, 2016 - 12:47pm

    I’m liking what I see in this new character. Bill reminds me of Ace, and Ace was by far my most favourite companion, always ready for action. I hope the traits of Ace remain…and no more lovey dovey stuff from previous companions.
    Can’t wait for new series.

  • tardis

    April 25th, 2016 - 12:09pm

    I think Bill may be from the 1980’s. Although i am probably wrong.

  • prototype dalek

    April 25th, 2016 - 9:26am

    I think she might be quite good, this is only an introduction so she might changed a buit depending on reception

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2016 - 9:25am

    To be fair some of those clips were from In to the Dalek

  • Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey Stuff

    April 25th, 2016 - 12:58am

    Why is it that whenever a dalek is shooting at the Doctor or his companion its aim is always off? For everyone else, the daleks aim is spot on. Is it just the Doctor’s presence?

  • Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey Stuff

    April 25th, 2016 - 12:53am

    In one of the pictures above the TARDIS looks very battered. There’s bits of paint peeling off. How did that happen, because it wasn’t like that in The Husbands of River Song. Did the daleks do it? Or has the Doctor just let it fall into disrepair, like he did when he lost Donna? I’m really hoping there’s a new interior to the TARDIS too.

  • Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey Stuff

    April 25th, 2016 - 12:31am

    I’m really hoping Season 10 will be a very memorable one. Bill looks promising, and if they’re waiting a year before releasing hopefully they have some really good episodes. I’m hoping that the Weeping Angels can make another appearance in a really scary episode, and that they bring back one of the classic villains from old doctor who like Omega. I’d also like a really complicated story line like Season 6. Can’t wait!

  • Doctor Stu

    April 24th, 2016 - 10:53pm

    Exactly what I was thinking

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2016 - 9:37pm

    Ian, Ben, Jamie, brigadier, Harry, adric, mickey, captain jack, Wilfred, Jackson, rory , Danny…

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2016 - 9:33pm

    Yeah, they must have filmed this very recently, that or its a spooky coincidence

  • daleksean

    April 24th, 2016 - 7:34pm

    I hope there isn’t a complicated storyline to her like thedoctordonna etc

  • Alex Who?

    April 24th, 2016 - 7:22pm

    I think she’s going to bring a hip new vibe to the show. Can’t wait till 2017!


    April 24th, 2016 - 5:39pm

    I would say it’s turning in to a kids program, but it looks better than before. I feel doctor who really fails both children and kids, through making scenes childish and yet adding a very complicated story line, which is in turn is ruined through the childish scenes.

  • Simon Delafield

    April 24th, 2016 - 5:16pm

    Unless she comes from a period before that – hence the “back to the future, 2017” comment – maybe she comes from early 21st century? Style of dress isn’t much help nowadays…

  • Anonymous

    April 24th, 2016 - 5:07pm

    I’m sure the crack in time erased those invasions? Like with the cyberking in Victorian London?

  • Exterminator

    April 24th, 2016 - 2:51pm

    I’ve watched the clip a few times now and I think she’s going to be an amazing companion. I like the way she makes silly observations and jokes in the face of impending danger. I feel she’s just what the doctor needs after the know all that was Clara.
    I can’t wait for Christmas now, I really want to see how the Dr meets Bill.

  • Exterminator

    April 24th, 2016 - 2:39pm

    He looks great in the red velvet jacket.

  • the ergon

    April 24th, 2016 - 1:05pm

    I think there playing it safe for the pre teen market, she comes across as a sassier cross between ace and Courtney. Not the radical change I was expecting. The fact pearl is 28 and looks at first glance like she might be playing older teen has something in common with sophie aldred, if that’s the age she,ll be playing because she was playing the teen in her mid to late twenties. I think there might be more to her than meets the eye.I just hope they don,t saddle the character with the big the big family backstory. I do think bill is the diminutive of Belinda, like the woman from 2 point 4 children.

  • doctor who fan 11

    April 24th, 2016 - 12:23pm

    Is she human or an alien?
    after watching the mini ep 4 times I am leaning towards alien. if she is human why does she not recognise the daleks. After the events of AOG/D and TSE/JE everyone should recognise the daleks. Martha did. donna didn’t because she was always away or hungover when anything happens. Amy didn’t because of the crack in the world. And for Clara it is impossible too know after she had entered the doctors timeline. so if she is human why does she not recognise them now.

  • DOCTOR 12

    April 24th, 2016 - 11:46am

    Your right. I did get a bit annoyed. Sorry for the cruelty

  • DoctorWhoFan

    April 24th, 2016 - 11:27am

    For those fans who don’t like her I just have to say don’t let new things stop you from what you like. She might actually be a great companion so carry on watching Doctor Who. To be honest I didn’t like peter capaldi when I heard he was the new doctor but he turned out to be great and now I find him brilliant. So again, don’t let new things stop u from what u like.

  • Jordan Scott

    April 24th, 2016 - 11:19am

    It is a set rule really, I don’t see how Peter Capaldi and a male companion would work, as he said himself in an interview.

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