Pearl Mackie: ‘Doctor Who’ companion Bill is ‘strong, sharp, vulnerable and geeky’

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New Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie has revealed that her first impression of her character was that she’s “wicked”.

She was officially revealed this evening as the new Doctor Who companion, Bill.

Mackie commented: “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.”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time actress added: “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!”

She joked: “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!”

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Peter Capaldi commented today: “A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, [Pearl Mackie is] a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”

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Season 10 is expected to begin filming next month and will air on BBC One in spring 2017.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

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