The BBC has announced that the new companion to the Twelfth Doctor, Bill Potts, will be an openly gay woman.
The news will apparently be revealed in Bill’s second line of dialogue in the opening episode, The Pilot, to be shown on ABC on 16 April and in selected cinemas.
Speaking about the revelation, Mackie said her character’s sexuality “shouldn’t be a big deal”.
“[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,” she said.
Mackie did note, however, that representation of different races and sexualities is important, especially on a mainstream show such as Doctor Who.
“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.
“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.”
Of course the Doctor has had LGBT friends before – both Captain Jack and River Song had relationships with both men and women, and though Madame Vastra and Jenny were not technically companions, their status as a married lesbian couple was seen as a big milestone for the show. Bill will however be the first companion to both identify as gay and travel in the TARDIS on screen, joining off-screen companions such as Izzy Sinclair from the comics and Oliver Harper from the Big Finish audio dramas.
The ABC has announced a brand new panel show to accompany Doctor Who on Sunday nights – and Australian fans are invited to join in the fun!
To be broadcast following each episode of Series 10, Whovians will see Doctor Who enthusiast Rove McManus and his team of superfans dissect the world of our favourite Time Lord. As well as unpacking the most recent episode, the team will also go back in time to analyse, critique and unravel the mysteries of the series.
Rove will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who superfans Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell, as well as a roster of celebrity guests.
“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it,” said McManus. “Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years, or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest – and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job.”
Whovians will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Sydney and broadcast as live on Sundays at 8.30pm on ABC2, starting on Sunday 16 April. To be part of the studio audience, email firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been confirmed that the series 10 opener “The Pilot” will be getting a cinema release.
Sharmill Films who has previously brought The Power of the Daleks and Deep Breath to the cinema, is releasing the episode at select cinemas on the 16th of April for two days. The special release will also have the bonus feature “Becoming the companion”.
Cinema-goers will also get an exclusive chance to travel with Pearl from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says “the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat and narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
Overnight the BBC have announced the return of a return of a villain not seen in the show for over fifty years.
The Mondasian version of the Cybermen were the first version of the Cybermen to appear in Doctor Who back in the classic story – The Tenth Planet. The Cybermen will feature in the final two episodes of series 10.
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With the sad departure news of Peter Capaldi leaving the role of the Doctor, it may have over shaddowed the good news that we have a UK release date for series 10. No official word from the ABC as to when it will air in Australia, but we are hoping it won’t be too far behind!
Series 10 is due to start in the UK on the 15th of April
In addition, the BBC has released a YouTube video with Mark Gatiss confirming the return of an old foe for this season. Click on the YouTube video to know more!
Overnight, Peter Capaldi has announced that he is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the 2017 Christmas special.
Appearing on Jo Whiley’s show on Radio 2, Capaldi said:
“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
Steven Moffat has also released a statement saying:
For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!
Peter’s final season of 12 episodes and the Christmas special begins on Easter Saturday (April 15th).
There’s no announcement yet on when the next Doctor will be announced, or which actor will be taking on the role as the thirteenth Doctor.
Following the UK broadcast of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, fans were treated to a Series 10 teaser trailer, now also available online.
The trailer serves as an introduction to the Doctor’s upcoming companion, Bill, who serves chips for a living and knows the Doctor as a university lecturer. We also get a glimpse at some of the adventures the Doctor and Bill will be undertaking together – including a run-in with the Daleks – and at their fellow adventurer in time and space, Matt Lucas’ Nardole.
The trailer is likely to be shown after tonight’s broadcast of the Christmas Special on ABC, but can also be viewed below.
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Sharmill Films will present a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor WhoChristmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York.
The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffatt.
Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in these select cinemas