Friday, 31 March 2017

BBC Confirm Doctor Who Companion Bill Potts is Openly Gay

 

The new series of Doctor Who will see the Time Lord joined by his first openly gay companion.

Bill Potts's sexuality will be revealed pretty much straightaway - in her second line of dialogue in fact.

Pearl Mackie plays companion Bill in Series 10 and told the BBC "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." She added: "It's important to say people are gay, people are black - there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them."

"I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important." Mackie then added that"[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."

Gay and bisexual characters have of course featured in Doctor Who before, such as Captain Jack and River Song, but this is the first time the Doctor's companion has been openly gay.

The actress, who was performing in the West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the time she was cast, said the role of Bill was "the biggest job I've ever done".

"Looking at previous alumni, it's only done wonderful things for their careers - Matt Smith is phenomenal in The Crown, Jenna Coleman has just gone on to do Victoria and Billie Piper is doing incredible things," she said. "For me if I even get to do [a small amount] of those kind of things it would be incredible. It's an amazing platform for me and it opens a lot of doors that wouldn't necessarily have been open before - it's very exciting."

See the trailer for Series 10 below:
 
 
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