BBC Reveals New Doctor Who Companion Bill Is Gay!

Doctor Who Season 10 is set to debut on April 15th as Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final season and Pearl Mackie’s first. We don’t know much about new companion Bill yet but the BBC revealed she’s openly gay.

The BBC spoke to Mackie about the news. “It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century. It’s about time isn’t it?” she told them. “”[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.”

Though the language in the piece calls Bill the first “openly gay” character, of course this isn’t the first time the Doctor’s companions have been queer. John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness is considered pansexual/omnisexual while Clara Oswald and River Song have both mentioned relationships with men and women (neither of which we saw on screen). Regardless, this is a nice step towards better representation, something both Moffat and his casting director have discussed over the last year with regards to their actual casting.

“That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show,” Mackie told the BBC. “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…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.”

More and more we’re seeing folks talk about how important it is to see yourself reflected on screen. The Doctor Who spinoff Class (which debuts next week here in the U.S.) features a gay character and the BBC piece mentioned Bill’s in-show reveal will be her second line of dialogue. I can’t wait to see where things go from there.

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5 Responses to “BBC Reveals New Doctor Who Companion Bill Is Gay!”

  1. […] Once we learned Bill was gay, many of us were concerned with how that might be explored considering showrunner/writer Steven Moffat isn’t the best at handling delicate topics. One particular aspect of the decision was brought to the forefront at the end of the episode when I realized we’re likely going to be experiencing a lot of the “Bury Your Gays” trope this season. Not that companions are finding love left and right on the show typically, but now, when Bill does, there’s a higher chance of a queer character dying. While it’s great to see more LGBTQ+ characters, I’m not sure the exchange is one I’m personally comfortable with under Moffat. […]

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  3. […] I just realized I’ve been writing a lot about Doctor Who lately! In case you missed it, Omaze is giving you a chance to have breakfast with seven Doctors and… new companion Bill is openly gay! […]

  4. VindicaSean says:

    *deadpan Daria voice* There’s no possible way this could go wrong.

  5. craigmacd says:

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Madame Vastra and Jenny. Not technically companions, but they are friends of the Doctor and have been involved in a handful of his adventures.