Peter Capaldi on his last season as Doctor Who

It's an eventful initiation into the intergalactic timey-wimey world of the TARDIS for Bill Potts when she becomes The Doctor's companion for Peter Capaldi's last series.

"It's very hard to explain to somebody how it feels when you're in the middle of a show of this scale", said Capaldi, who won an Oscar in 1995 for his short film "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life", which he wrote and directed. Check out Doctor Who Cocktails for recipes like a TARDIS-tini and The Captain Jack.

She said Capaldi told her: "Here's my number".

She said she fell in love with her character, who is credited as being the Doctor's first openly gay full-time companion, from the moment she first read Bill's description.

Who needs pens when you've got that many sonics, eh? The introduction of a new companion is an ideal chance for new viewers to get involved.

And this may be pushing it but could that odd model in the glass case perhaps be a representation of The Doctor's time stream, as seen in The Name of the Doctor?

It is no longer shocking to have a "straightforwardly" gay character on TV, and we should be glad that this is the case.

Earlier in April, it was reported Pearl's run on Doctor Who could be rather short-lived amid rumours producers want a total series shake-up once Peter Capaldi departs to make way for the 13th Time Lord. The first episode is called "The Pilot", and in its way reintroduces us to the Doctor by seeing him through Bill's uninitiated eyes. Online, Mackie talked about how her character will be once "Doctor Who" premieres.

Talking of busts of famous people, we all know The Doctor is a huge fan of William Shakespeare, so it's no surprise to see his old pal (from The Shakespeare Code) also given top Billing in his office.

Pink News reported that Mackie's character was revealed last month during a BBC exclusive interview with Mackie.

Pearl Mackie's life is decidedly bonkers. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. Hopefully he asked before borrowing it...

You've made history, as the first female Master. "It's the second part people normally get stuck on..."

"You will be blown away".

"That's trans-dimensional engineering", replies the Doctor. It's important that shows such as Doctor Who represent all orientations - of that there is no debate - but the scenes that communicated the fact she is gay felt unconvincing, as if they were written by an alien trying to imagine how human attraction works. The longer the show goes, the more of pressure there is to do what everyone thinks it should be, and you should always do what you like, because your own individual relationship with it is what makes it special.

  • Jacqueline Ellis