The BBC have announced that the new companion will be played by Pearl Mackie. Pearl is 28 years old, and was born in South London. She has only had a couple of screen roles, having a part in the TV show ‘Doctors’ (a little ironic) and the 2013 film ‘Svengali’. However she has had a prominent stage career, having acted in over 10 stage productions.
Although nothing is as yet known about her character – who’s name will be ‘Bill’ – the BBC have released a promotional video featuring her and The Doctor in a Dalek stronghold.