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Ten Things We Know About Bill

The Doctor Who Team

She’s in for some incredible adventures…

Okay. Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. She’s hopping aboard the TARDIS with the Doctor which means her life is about to become more fun, more dangerous and more amazing than she could ever have imagined. Buckle up, Bill!

Inside Info

Bill is ‘…funny and geeky and vulnerable. There’s a goofiness to her and a big heart.’ How do we know that? Simple – that’s what Pearl Mackie (who plays Bill) told us!

She meets the Doctor at some sort of university…

So the Doctor works at a university now? What? And she serves chips there? Well, whenever the Doctor spends time at a school or uni or academy, it turns out to be holding some pretty dark secret. Think Daleks, Skovox Blitzer, Krillitanes… So we reckon Bill will be plunged into adventure from the moment she starts hanging with the Time Lord…

She asks questions… A LOT of questions…

Well, wouldn’t you? But we love the fact she asks the questions we’d ask if we were right there by the Doctor’s side. Like why do Daleks screech EXTERMINATE when – as Bill pointed out – saying KILL would save a lot of time!? Showrunner Steven Moffat said, ‘Bill is someone who asks the questions that nobody has asked for 53 years!’

Just what the Doctor ordered…

Bill is gonna shake it up! As Peter Capaldi revealed, the new companion ‘…will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures!’

She’s got a temper on her…

Considering Doctor Who can be a bit bonkers at times, Pearl Mackie was struck by how human and ‘relatable to’ Bill will be. She’s said Bill has a temper and can make mistakes and we’re looking forward to seeing how that plays with the Doctor. Can’t help remembering that Sarah Jane Smith could really fly off the handle and she worked out pretty well!


Even when evading the Time Lord’s mortal enemies she’s still got time for a joke or two. ‘Is there a Dalek at the back with two suckers and no gun…’ she asked the Doctor, ‘and he’s really hacked off?’

If you think you know the Doctor, Bill will make you think again!

In 2016, Steven Moffat revealed, ‘If I gave you one tone word for this series it’s new. It's brand new. You’re getting to see the Doctor all over again through a very different pair of eyes. In fact, we went to particular pains to make sure that episode one is really episode one. It could be the first episode you ever see. It explains the entire mythos of Doctor Who — in the two minutes it takes — and you can start there!’

She’s now!

Early rumours suggested that Bill would be from Earth’s recent history, but Steven Moffat confirmed that was not the case. Bill’s right now and because of that, she’s the perfect person to be our eyes and ears on the Doctor’s adventures!

The wonders of time and space await!

As Bill says in the trailer, ‘Now we go everywhere! Any space! Any time!’ In short, Bill is about to see the universe anew… and through her, so are we!

Doctor Who returns in 2017!

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