It was announced on Saturday that the new Doctor Who companion would be played by Pearl Mackie. Her character’s name is Bill – and that is pretty much all the concrete evidence we have about her character at this time. However, me being the curious nosey kind of geek, I decided to look a little deeper at the subtle clues they have given us and I am about to make some wildly unsubstantiated guesses at what I think her character will be like.
Please be aware, this is just my opinion, I think I may be right (certain members of my Family think I am off the wall and others just think I spend too much time thinking about this kind of thing). Anything you take away from this article is at your own risk and I cannot be held responsible for any derision you may be placed under for following my views!
Off the bat, I am kind of disappointed that we “seem” to have another young Earth Girl as the main companion. If you think Moffat’s writing and plots have been getting weirder and weirder over the past couple of seasons, what hasn’t changed since the show came back in 2005 is the over reliance of Young Earth Girls. The only detour taken from this is Donna during the 4th Season with Catherine Tate, who in my mind, made one of the most exciting and well-rounded Companions since the start of the newly returned series. For me, it would have been nice to have someone different. Hell, at this point I would be happy with the Shape Shifting Penguin “Frobisher” from the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips (and Big Finish Audios). It would have been nice to give the Wardrobe department a little bit of a going over and maybe given us someone from a different period or even, home world.
Now, that may all sound a bit No-No Nelly of me, but as I mentioned previously, I spend a bit too much time thinking about these things and I have come up with a few ideas that may allay my initial feelings somewhat.
First of all, Bill doesn’t know what a Dalek is. If she was from modern era Earth this can only be because she has been under a very large rock for the past 10 years. To state the obvious…
The Battle of Canary Wharf!
Before anyone states that Amy didn’t know about Canary Wharf… that was all down to that bloody crack in her bedroom wall and the syphoning of timey whimey stuff. I am sure Mr Moffat tried to explain it better than I just did, but to be frank… he failed as it still goes over my head and I have watched that story arc several times and I am still not sure what’s going on.
So Bill doesn’t know Daleks, this could mean one of (at least) two things:
She is from Earth’s recent past. I would suggest the late 80s to VERY early 90s. I get this from her outfit. Whilst it could be construed as being Modern looking with the Jean Jacket and Hi-Top trainers; it is an ambiguous getup. The one thing that pushes me towards that era is the bright badge on her lapel – WOW in a comic book style cut out. Again, tenuous, but it is a something that I remember seeing around when I was a teen in those times. Not knowing of the Daleks would also lead us to someone from Earth’s past.
She is from another planet that has yet to come into contact with the Daleks. It is wholly possible that a distant galaxy hasn’t been bugged by the infernal Pepper-Pots yet. Whilst it’s hard to believe that anyone in ANY universe has not heard of the Daleks, it could be a good jumping off point for Bill. Maybe, she is from a planet that hasn’t had the ability to travel off-world and her adventures with The Doctor are something that no-one from her “race” has had the chance to do yet.
The prospect of Bill being from a different planet would offer the show something it hasn’t had the chance to do since the very beginning of the New Era began, and that’s show the audience what travelling with the Doctor is like with a totally different outlook.
With Rose, we had that chance as it was a new venture and a new set of people creating this world. There was a whole new world of technology available to create the show (if not budget to begin with), and we saw through Rose what it was like to be that companion and to run head first into the TARDIS for the first time and then head to the end of time to see Earth explode. If Bill is an alien version of Rose, how would she react to seeing her home-world implode at the end of time? How does Bill’s race mourn the loss of a person or a society?
Of course, all of this is just the wild speculation of someone who has seen the trailer a few times and is kind of bored of the routine type of Companions we have had. Don’t get me wrong, each of the Companions has had plus and minus points and none have been absolutely bad, but as they say – Variety is the Spice of Life!
This is just my rough take on what I think may in some strange world happen over the year as we wait for the new series to begin. Maybe at Christmas, we will have some answers when the special airs. However, I think it will be a case of drip feeding us info during the special and then a full reveal when Series 10 begin sometime in 2017.
What are your thoughts about the new Companion? What are your theories about Bill? Do you think Doctor Who needs a “different kind” of Companion in the future? Let me know in the comments.