Earlier today during half time of the FA Cup Semi Final between Manchester United and Everton Pearl Mackie was revealed as the new ‘Doctor Who’ companion.
Mackie will play the role of Bill in the next series of ‘Doctor Who’.
The actress was revealed in a dramatic chase clip which sees the Doctor and Bill running away from a group of Daleks. Their was a brief bit of dialogue between Bill and the Doctor in which she asks what the Daleks are and why do the have suckers.
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, played Anne-Marie Frasier in ‘Doctors’ in 2014 and is currently performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home.”
She added: “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.”
Mackie said her new character “Bill” was “wicked”, describing her as “cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in”.
Capaldi said: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”
‘Doctor Who’ will return for a Christmas Special later this year and the regular series will return in 2017.