Pearl Mackie: It’s about time Doctor Who had an openly gay companion
DR WHO’S new assistant claims it is ‘about time’ the show had its first openly gay companion.
Actress Pearl Mackie will play Bill Potts as the tenth series of the BBC show kicks off on Saturday.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today she said: ‘It’s great isn’t it? I think arguably there have been lots of gay characters on Dr Who previously.
‘The terminology the official companion, is why she’s the first gay. I think it’s the terminology of that that’s actually the first for Dr Who as it were.
‘It’s about time isn’t it?’
She added: ‘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.
‘[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.’
This series will be Peter Capaldi’s last as the iconic Time Lord.
Catch the newest series of Doctor Who when it returns on April 15 on BBC1.
Author: Chloe Kerr