Ever since we first met The Doctor’s new companion Bill, played by Pearl Mackie (here), there’s been rumours of who she is and when she’s from (well, it’s Doctor Who after all), and now showrunner Steven Moffat is clearing up some of the rumours and giving details on just who we’re set to meet in the TARDIS next season.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat jumped straight in on when the character is from, as many people thought she was from the 1980s: “She’s from now, yeah. I know there are rumours about her being from the 1980s, but she isn’t. She’s just wearing what young people are wearing now. I know that, because Pearl chose her outfit herself.”
He also assures us that her and The Doctor’s meeting in the new series will not be what you expect: “How we first encounter her, and how we first encounter the Doctor next year, is very unusual for us. We’ll introduce her in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run throughout that series.”
This also confirms that the character won’t be appearing in this year’s Christmas Episode. As for the name, Bill, Moffat tells us that it is in fact short for something: “Billie, I’m thinking. Unless I change my mind [she] asks the questions that nobody has asked for 53 years: irreverence and cheek to ask all the questions you’re not supposed to ask on Doctor Who. ‘How different is it having two hearts? Is one a back-up? Do you have very, very high blood pressure?’”
So there you have it; are you excited to see Pearl in the new series? Let us know what you think…
Source Doctor Who Magazine via Doctor Who TV
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