Meet Pearl Mackie: Peter Capaldi’s new co-star on Doctor Who fits the ‘Bill’

While we won’t be getting any more new Doctor Who until this year’s Christmas special, the wait to learn the identity of Peter Capaldi’s new co-star has finally come to an end.

Pearl Mackie, Peter Capaldi's new co-star, joins Doctor Who as Bill.With Jenna Coleman’s departure from Doctor Who at the end of Series 9, there’s a vacancy on board the TARDIS. Saturday, her successor was revealed to the world at last: Pearl Mackie, a classically trained stage actress, will take her first major television role to play “Bill” alongside Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

“It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who,” Capaldi said upon the announcement. “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.”

Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat added: “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.”

We don’t know much about Bill, apart from what we see in the special trailer/skit above and here, but Mackie herself shines some little light on the character in her official introduction to fans: “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. 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!”

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