Pearl Mackie has been officially revealed as the new Doctor Who companion.
The actress will join the show in 2017 as a character named Bill.
The announcement was made live exclusively on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final MOTD Live: Everton vs Manchester United this evening.
Mackie commented: “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.”
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat teased: “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”
Charlotte Moore, Acting Director of Television said: “It’s so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style. Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.”
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer added: “We’re utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can’t wait to begin her new adventures in time and space!”
Watch Bill’s epic introduction video…
Season 10 is expected to begin filming next month and will air on BBC One in spring 2017.
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