Doctor Who gets his first openly gay companion

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 March 2017
Pearl Mackie

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie

'Doctor Who' has got his first openly gay companion after it was revealed Pearl Mackie's character Bill Potts will have her sexuality revealed almost instantly when the show returns to BBC One on April 15, 2017

'Doctor Who' has got his first openly gay companion.

Pearl Mackie's character Bill Potts will have her sexuality revealed near enough straight away when the science fiction television show - which also stars Peter Capaldi in the titular role - returns to BBC One next month.

She said: "It shouldn't be a big deal in the 21st Century. It's about time, isn't it? That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show. It's important to say people are gay, people are black - there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them.

"I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.

"[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character - it's something that's part of her and something that she's very happy and very comfortable with."

Pearl was announced as the new companion back in April 2016 and has likened her appointment in the role to being "welcomed into a family".

She told the BBC: "My Twitter follower count went from 400-and-something to 16,500 in about two hours, so that was pretty mental. But it's been really nice, everyone seems to be really excited. It's sort of like being welcomed into a family and all the fans have been really welcoming.

"Looking at previous alumni, it's only done wonderful things for their careers - Matt Smith is phenomenal in 'The Crown', Jenna Coleman has just gone on to do 'Victoria' and Billie Piper is doing incredible things.

"For me, if I even get to do [a small amount] of those kind of things it would be incredible. It's an amazing platform for me and it opens a lot of doors that wouldn't necessarily have been open before - it's very exciting."

'Doctor Who' returns to BBC One on April 15, 2017.


1. Gillywb4 Apr 2017, 5:26pm Report

I'm a firm believer that 'institutions' such as the BBC has a right to bring in minority from the periphery. That said; it is answerable to its license payers. Which is why great, longstanding programmes like Dr Who; that reach out to all the wonderful diverse people of our country and further (in the hope of showing who we are), is essential. I have a 'BUT'; I have watched Dr Who since its conception. So I just can't see him changing gender; even though it could theoretically be done. However; as a Time Lord he is male. The role has been ambiguous and that makes for good writing, acting etc, but please stay with the format: Remain the titular Dr Who; the alien adversary of many characters. Have his companions and travellers bring in global; nay; interstellar interests! PS: Bring back Captain Jack!

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