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Pearl Mackie Is New ‘Doctor Who’ Companion (VIDEO)

The search for the new Doctor Who companion is over: Pearl Mackie will join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns for a new season on BBC One and BBC America in 2017.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” Mackie said following the announcement. “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!”

Pearl Mackie Is New 'Doctor Who' Companion (VIDEO)

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Peter Capaldi added his congratulations: “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, also spoke out on Mackie’s casting: “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.”

Doctor Who will be back for an all-new Christmas special for 2016 in order to tide fans over until the Spring 2017 premiere of Season 10. But to whet your appetite a bit more, check out this trailer featuring Mackie alongside The Doctor:

What do you think of Pearl Mackie as the new Doctor Who companion? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on Doctor Who, read up on the announcement of a new showrunner for the hit series!

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