APRIL 23: Bill Potts becomes the Doctor’s new companion (2016)
On this day in 2016, the BBC announced that actress
Pearl Mackie would be playing a starring role in the next season of Doctor Who
as the Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts. The announcement was soon followed
up by a second revelation – that Bill would also be the Doctor’s first LGBT
companion! If you’ve never had a Doctor Who phase, let me assure you that there
are millions of lesbians whose inner fourteen-year-old selves are crying tears
of joy right now.
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) pose together outside of the famous TARDIS (x).
Although the television series has featured bisexual
characters in the past, such as Captain Jack Harkness and River Song, the introduction
of Bill Potts was the first time a series regular and a fully-fledged companion
was shown to be a part of the LGBT community. An interview with Pearl Mackie on
March 31, 2017 confirmed that Bill would in fact be a lesbian character; Pearl
“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…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. [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.”
As a matter of
fact, Bill’s sexuality was revealed in just her second line of dialogue in the
April 15th season premiere, where she commented on running into a
girl who she found to be “beautiful.” The audience reception to Bill Potts as
the new companion has been glowing so far, and I don’t know about you, but I am
excited to see where this new historic lesbian character ends up in the Doctor
Who history books.
No one has mentioned it so I’m worried I hallucinated it omfg when Bill was eating the weird blue jello and said it tasted like fish I s2g the Doctor said something like “I met a vampire fish once…she fancied me” 😂😂
I was, tbh, a bit aprenhensive about the inclusion of the Mondas Cybermen, because they felt like a pointless fanservic/y throwback….(just use your current cyberman mythology! it s what i thought)
but, Im only realizing now that, they will be involved in Twelves regeneration, meaning it will all be one giant Tenth Planet parallel. That makes it less pointless throwback and more meaningful reference to past canon.