Pearl Mackie named as new companion to Peter Capaldi's Doctor
Former Doctors actress Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who companion.
BBC One revealed the news at half time during the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.
Mackie, who will star as Bill, takes over from Jenna Coleman to star alongside the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Mackie hails from Brixton in south London.
She trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010.
Since drama school, she has worked across theatre, film, radio and television. She played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors in 2014 and is also a singer.
Mackie is currently performing in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
Steven Moffat, outgoing lead writer and executive producer said: "A new face in the Tardis, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie!
"This is where the story really starts."
Acting director of television Charlotte Moore said: "It's so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style.
"Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe."
Executive producer Brian Minchin added: "We're utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can't wait to begin her new adventures in time and space."
On joining the cast in her first major television role, Mackie said: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family.
"It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the Tardis my home."
She added: "Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character.
"I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in."
Mackie continued: "I can't wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.
"I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can't wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension."
The actress described shooting the trailer as "absolutely mental".
"There were pyrotechnics and smoke and I met my first Dalek. I'm not sure it will ever become 'the norm' seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more.
"The weirder the better, bring it on!"
Capaldi called it "a genuine delight" to welcome Mackie to Doctor Who.
"A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she's a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor's adventures."
Mackie posted a message on her official Twitter account to extend her gratitude to all the well-wishers.
"I'm so excited to be the next companion on Doctor Who! Can't wait to join the family. Thank you for all the lovely messages," she tweeted.