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Pearl Mackie revealed as new Doctor Who companion
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Pearl Mackie revealed as new Doctor Who companion

Newcomer Pearl Mackie has been revealed as the new companion for Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who

Mackie, who is 28, was announced as the new companion on Saturday evening (April 23rd). She replaces Jenna Coleman who departed the show in 2015. She will play a companion named Bill. 

Mackie, who is currently starring in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, will make her debut in the show's 10th season, which will begin filming later this year, but not air until 2017.

Speaking about the role, the actress 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."

Capaldi added: "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."

As well as being Mackie's first season, the next season will be long-time showrunner Steven Moffat's last. 

Moffat has overseen six series of the BBC's sci-fi classic, but has now announced that his time at the show is at an end. He will be replaced by Chris Chibnall, who is the creator of Broadchurch. 

The writer, who is also the co-writer of Sherlock, took over from Russell T Davies as the show's head honcho in 2010, but will finish up in 2017. His final series will air in the spring of 2017 and he will also write a Christmas special for 2016.

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