Capaldi: New ‘Doctor Who’ companion Pearl Mackie is ‘a refreshing addition’

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has praised the “zest and charm” of his new co-star, Pearl Mackie.

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

Capaldi commented: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who.”

He added: “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.”

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.

Pearl Mackie

Mackie said today: “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!”

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

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What are your hopes for Pearl Mackie’s character? Let us know below…

  • russell

    Slightly disappointed not to see Rakhee holding the Dr’s hand (don’t believe the hype- well done Dr. Moo), but delighted to see the programme be more forward thinking in its choice for such a key character.
    ” Hello, and welcome PEARL- to the wild and wacky world of DR WHO!”. ” You look great”.
    Thought it was very bold, to introduce Pearl in such an immediate,and full on fashion.From appearances, Bill seems to be more of a mate to Peter’s doctor;just as I’d hoped. A new Ace,for a new generation? Time of course will tell.
    Not so sure on the name Bill,though.That said-never too keen on the Moff’s previous monikers either….not truthful enough for me. This was a surprise. I look forward for more…

    • Dr. Moo

      I agree with everything you’ve said here… but what’s with namedropping me like that?

      • russell

        You made the right call Dr. Moo; and such forthright conviction should be applauded. In otherwords: credit where credit’s due.

  • Daniel

    Very happy with the little bit seen so far. Great to have a companion who reacts with a mixture of bravado, cheek and fear. Chemistry with Peter’s doctor already looks to be great. This could be a great move to get more younger viewers in. I also like the hint about being a geek, so maybe we have an Ace/Donna/Zoe amalgam. I’d very happily watch that!