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Doctor Who’s New Companion: Pearl Mackie as “Bill”

by Paul Strauss

I was pretty disappointed to see Jenna Coleman leave Doctor Who this past season – Clara Oswald really was one of my favorite companions. We’ve all been waiting anxiously to find out who the 12th Doctor would be taking along on his adventures going forward, and now we know.

Today, the BBC dropped a video featuring actress Pearl Mackie in the roll of “Bill,” and simply titled the clip Introducing the New Companion…” We don’t learn too much from the short video, other than the fact that Bill has absolutely no idea what she’s in for, with no knowledge of what a Dalek is, despite being chased by one ready to terminate her butt. I find this rather odd, since everyone on Earth should know what a Dalek is by now.

In researching Pearl over on IMDb, it looks like she’s spent very little time on screen prior to this, with only two roles listed in the database to date. Guess they decided to go with a total newcomer this time. There’s not much else to glean here, except we now know who will be playing the role, and that Bill is a rather odd name for a girl.

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