The announcement of unknown actress Pearl Mackie taking the reins as the next companion of the Dr. (currently played by Peter Capaldi) has many whovians scratching their heads. The actress according to IMBD has only 2 credits as an extra with roles on Doctors and Svengali under her belt. Though she is a 2010 graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK.
Dr Who’s casting director tells ShowbizSpy that: “Fans are going to love Pearl as Bill, she is sweet, witty and can take control of situations when they arise. Her background experience being talked about negatively by some, is of no issue to us, she will exceed expectations guaranteed, we all love her already.”
Pearl will be taking over for the Dr.’s last companion Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman, who announced she was leaving the show in Septemeber 2015. She told BBC: “I have left the TARDIS,” Coleman told host Nick Grimshaw. “It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.” On her exit of the show she stated: “There’s not a lot of jobs where you can go to work and have a spaceship and an alien as your best mate and also run away from monsters,” she joked of her decision to leave. “It’s been so much fun. … I love it. It’s such a unique beast.”
As “who” fans ourselves, we personally have high hopes for the new sidekick and believe she will do a great job!
Here is her latest official tweet about joining the show:
I'm so excited to be the next companion on Doctor Who! Can't wait to join the family! Thank you for all the lovely messages!
— Pearl Mackie (@Pearlie_mack) April 23, 2016
Pearl added more love: “Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.”
Filming will begin immediately for the 2017 season of the show, but of course the Christmas special is still a go for this year.
Here is the official BBC trailer release introducing Pearl into the hit show: