BBC America has announced Peter Capaldi will be joined by Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s latest companion, Bill. Mackie, who is replacing Jenna Coleman, will join the series in it’s upcoming 10th season. Season 10 also marks the last season for head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Mackie said in a statement Saturday:
“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.”
Capaldi said of Mackie’s joining the series:
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.”
Doctor Who will return later this year for a Christmas special before continuing its run in 2017. See Capaldi and Mackie in action in the video above.