Mackie will play Doctor's latest sidekick, Bill
Pearl Mackie has given her first interview since being named as the new Doctor Who companion.
As revealed yesterday (April 23), Mackie will line-up alongside Peter Capaldi in the next series of the BBC sci-fi drama as new character Bill. She follows in the footsteps of recent companions Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan and Billie Piper.
Speaking in a BBC video released alongside the news, Mackie says the casting decision hasn’t fully hit her yet. “When I get home, the reality will sink in and I’ll probably explode or something!” The actress adds that she hopes her character “gets to have a bit of fun, go on some exciting adventures – and bring a bit of attitude into the TARDIS, maybe.”
Mackie is a relative newcomer whose past experience includes 2013 independent film Svengali and BBC One’s Doctors.
An actress and a singer, she comes from Brixton, south London and is currently starring in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In the clip introducing the new character, Bill annoys the Doctor by asking him questions about the deadly Dalek chasing the pair, including why it has a sucker and why it says ‘exterminate’.
Mackie will make her Doctor Who debut in the tenth series of the popular sci-fi show, which is set to air in early 2017, following a Christmas special later this year.
Speaking to Brazilian website Omelete last month, Capaldi said that he was “very excited” about the new companion. “Obviously I know who that is and we’ve been doing a bit of work together already and it’s very exciting,” he said. “Because it’s a very different sort of take on it.”
The ninth series of Doctor Who aired in 2015, having being revived by the BBC in 2005. Speaking in November 2015 showrunner Steven Moffat said that at least five more series are already being planned.