A new companion will be joining Dr Who on his adventures next year, and she’s a WOC. Pearl Mackie has been named as “Bill”, the latest in a long line of traveling companions for the titular Dr Who. She was introduced in this trailer, which aired during a major soccer match:
Bill is not the first WOC companion for the good Dr., Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman, traveled with him during the 2007 season and made a few appearances after she quit the time travel game. Unfortunately Freeman faced the usual racist crap during her time on one of the oldest and best loved SciFi franchises from so-called fans. We expect Pearl to face the same issues.
But for now I’ll just rejoice that we have another WOC lead in the SciFi genre. One with natural hair, who looks to be sharp and funny. As Pearl herself described her character, “cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in.” I’m there for it.