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BBC AMERICA today announced Pearl Mackie will join the Doctor Who cast as The Doctor’s new companion. Pearl was exclusively revealed to audiences on BBC One during half time the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 23rd August.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Pearl 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! 

 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. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series. 

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!

Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyro technics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I’m not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!

Peter Capaldi said: “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.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer adds: “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.

Charlotte Moore, Acting Director of Television said: “It’s so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style. Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer adds: “We’re utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can’t wait to begin her new adventures in time and space!

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama and will return later this year with a Christmas Special. The new series will start on BBC AMERICA in 2017.

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Episode Guide

The Magician’s Apprentice

“Where is the Doctor?” When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.

The Witch’s Familiar

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Under The Lake

When an Underwater Base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by Ghosts?

Before The Flood

On a remote Army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord – the Fisher King – sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival. The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this chain of events inevitable? And can the Doctor do the unthinkable?

The Girl Who Died

Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future; the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned their fate seems inevitable.  So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?

The Woman Who Lived

England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Knightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Knightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?

The Zygon Invasion

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret amongst us on Earth, unknown and unseen… until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

The Zygon Inversion

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralized, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

Sleep No More

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

BBC America wishes to thank the families of the lost for permission to show this story.

Face The Raven

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

Heaven Sent

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Hell Bent

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

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New Doctor Who Companion REVEALED – Introducing Pearl Mackie

Production Credits

The Doctor  Peter Capaldi (The Musketeers)

Clara Oswald  Jenna Coleman (Death Comes to Pemberley)

Missy  Michelle Gomez (Green Wing)

Osgood  Ingrid Oliver (Watson & Oliver)

Kate Stewart  Jemma Redgrave (Unforgiven)

TBC  Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

 

Lead Writer/Executive Producer  Steven Moffat (Sherlock)

 

Executive Producer  Brian Minchin (Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures)

 

Writer  Toby Whithouse (The Game)

Writer  Jamie Mathieson (Being Human)

Writer  Peter Harness (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)

Writer  Mark Gatiss (Sherlock)

Writer  Sarah Dollard (The Game)

Writer  Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood)

 

Director  Hettie Macdonald (Doctor Who: Blink)

Director  Daniel O’Hara (Being Human)

Director  Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty)

Director  Justin Molotnikov (Merlin)

Director  Ed Bazalgette (Poldark)

Director  Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who: Death in Heaven; Dark Water)

 

Other guest cast include:

Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker, Aidan Cook, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Ariyon Bakare, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton, Jenny Lee.

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  • Matt Lucas To Join Peter Capaldi And Pearl Mackie For Doctor Who Season 10 - June 14, 2016
  • Meet Pearl Mackie – The Doctor’s New Companion - April 23, 2016
  • Steven Moffat’s Next Season Of Doctor Who Will Be His Last. Chris Chibnall Is New Head Writer And Executive Producer - January 22, 2016
  • BBC AMERICA’S Doctor Who Season 9 Premiere Breaks Records with Double Digit Growth Across All Key Demos - September 22, 2015
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