It’s official – Doctor Who has a gay companion.
During an interview with the BBC, new Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie revealed that her character, Bill Potts is openly gay – the first gay companion in the show’s history.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century,” she said. “It’s about time isn’t it? That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show.”
Of course, we’ve seen gay Doctor Who characters before.
Notably, Captain Jack Harkness has represented LGBT fans since the modern Doctor Who returned to our screens. And he certainly didn’t shy away from exploring his sexuality as a bisexual man in the spin-off show, Torchwood.
But this is the first time a companion has been openly gay.
And it’s about time.
“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,” added Mackie. “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.”
Apparently, Bill’s sexuality will be revealed almost immediately during her debut appearance in Season 10 – revealed in her second line of dialogue.
“[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.”
Still, it’s great that we’re getting more LGBT representation on Doctor Who.
And I can’t wait to see her kick ass alongside The Doctor.
Doctor Who returns to BBC One on 15 April 2017.
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