Pearl Mackie announced as new companion on Doctor Who

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Meet the new companion!

From BBC America:

Mackie, who graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors in 2014 and is currently performing in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family," she said. "It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the Tardis my home."

She added: "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."

Mackie said her new character "Bill" was "wicked", describing her as "cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in".

Source: BBC America

We even got a quick teaser trailer to debut her:

I don't think I've ever seen Pearl Mackie in anything. I checked IMDB, and nothing really jumped out at me.  Though to be fair, I didn't know quite a few of the actors and actresses to play the Doctor and his various companions, and I have pretty much loved them all.

They didn't give us a lot of information about "Bill," but I suspect she's going to be another spunky young woman from modern Britain as that has been the trend since Doctor Who returned.  I really wanted to see another companion from the past, future, or some kind of an alien like we often got in the classic Doctor Who, but it's far from the end of the world for them to stick to a formula which so clearly works for them.