The BBC has revealed this afternoon the identity of Doctor Who’s new companion!
The announcement was made during the half-time of the FA Cup Semi Final match between Everton and Manchester United, being aired on BBC One, however there was a delay after the game played on into extra time.
Twitter reacted angrily to the resulting time delay with many users counting down the moments until the reveal was made.
One tweeted: “Oh come on, I don’t even watch football, but I will for Dr Who”
Whilst another added: “Yes yes yes, something about football. Get on with it! #DoctorWho #NewCompanion”
However it was worth the wait…
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) April 23, 2016
The identity of the new companion is Pearl Mackie who will play the character ‘Bill’.
Mackie is currently starring in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at The Gielgud Theatre and was relatively unknown.
She was previously rumoured to take the role after being spotted performing at the theatre with Capaldi in the audience in the last few weeks.
Pearl, had her odds cut to 1/2 by Betfair in the run-up to the news, overtaking Ingrid Oliver (who has previously played Petronella Osgood on the show) and Georgina Campbell.
The Curious Incident’s official account posted a group photo with the caption: “The tardis stopped by the Gielgud Theatre this afternoon and look who came to watch the show…Mr Peter Capaldi!”
The production is booking until January 2017 meaning Pearl will step out of her role to take on the Doctor Who companion character.
The actress, from South London gained positive comments online after the announcement.
“I like the idea of Pearl Mackie, she seems interesting. I haven’t seen her in anything though,” wrote one user.
Another tweeted: “I really like Bill, she seems like a laugh. Kinda reminds be of 2005-2008 DW vibes. I feel like she from the past though”
Doctor Who returns to BBC this year with the next series to be confirmed.