Doctor Who's Bill is the series' first openly gay companion

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Apr 26, 2017, 1:01 PM EDT (Updated)

When Doctor Who returns to the airwaves on April 15, it’ll introduce a brand-new companion to the universe. It’ll also be making a little history in the process.

Pearl Mackie, who plays the new companion Bill in the next season, revealed that her character will be the first openly gay companion to join the Doctor on his adventures. We’re not quite sure where Captain Jack Harkness falls on that spectrum, but apparently we're talking full-time companions. So the prize goes to Bill. We might not have a female Doctor yet, but at least Steven Moffat’s final season is taking a few steps forward when it comes to diversity and inclusiveness.

Here’s an excerpt from Mackie’s comments:

“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, 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.”

Mackie certainly seems to have an angle to bring to Bill, and it’ll be interesting to see how she interacts with the Doctor when the new season premieres. What’s your take on the direction of the character?

(Via The Guardian)

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