'Doctor Who' Will Finally Have An Out Gay Companion

Doctor Who will finally get his first out gay companion when the series returns for a new season. 

Reports confirm that Bill Potts will reveal her sexuality with her second line of dialog, in the show's season premier on April 15.

Pearl Mackie, the actor who plays Bill, told the BBC:

“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.”

She added:

“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 recognize 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.”

BBC reports:

Gay and bisexual characters have featured in Doctor Who before, such as Captain Jack and River Song, but this is the first time the Doctor's permanent companion has been openly gay.

Although Captain Jack - played by John Barrowman - travelled with the Doctor for a number of episodes, he was not a full-time companion in the traditional sense.

Mackie said it had been "kind of insane" to be the centre of attention since she was announced in the role last April, despite not being seen on screen until this Easter.

Mackie shared that Doctor Who fans have given her a warm and happy welcome, and reveals that within two hours after her role on the show was announced, her Twitter following shot up from 400, to 16,500.  

She said:

“But it’s been really nice, everyone seems to be really excited. It’s sort of like being welcomed into a family and all the fans have been really welcoming.”


H/T: BBC News