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Pearl Mackie confirmed as new Doctor Who companion

Doctor Who

Story by Jack Foley

PEARL Mackie has been officially unveiled by the BBC as the new companion of Doctor Who.

The actress will replace Jenna Colman, who will shortly be swapping the time-traveling saga for ITV’s big budget costume drama Victoria.

Mackie will play a character named Bill and was picked ahead of a hotly contested field that also included one-time favourite Eastenders actress Rakhee Thakrar.

She said: “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. 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!”

Her co-star, and the show’s leading man Peter Capaldi, added: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. 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.”

Mackie may not yet be a household name but she has a firm background in theatre, having graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She is currently starring in the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

The next season of Doctor Who is due to start shooting next month (May 2016) but will mark the last with Steven Moffat as showrunner after a decade in the role. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will be taking over.

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