This announcement came in a rather unusual manner. During the life broadcast of FA Cup semi-final special, the teaser for Doctor Who’s new sidekick was aired.
Until now, Capaldi’s new co-star’s identity has been kept under wraps. However, rumors that Mackie might be joining Doctor Who on his time and space travels began to circulate some time before the announcement.
Currently, Mackie is appearing in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Earlier this month, she and the cast were photographed with Capaldi when he attended the West End play.
The credits of the new star include Years & Years’ music video for ‘Real’, which is also starring Tuppence Middleton and Ben Whishaw. From the time when Mackie graduated from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, she has worked across radio, film, and TV − but chiefly in theater, from the RSC to the West End.
Mackie remarked, “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an amazing British institution, I couldn’t be prouder! Peter Capaldi is a brilliant actor, and his character the Doctor is both wacky and wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.”
Mackie went on to comment on how during the audition she thought the script for Bill was awesome. She felt it was strong yet cool and fantastically written, with just enough geekiness added.
Mackie says, “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!
According to Mackie, the shooting of the trailer was unquestionably crazy packed with pyrotechnics and smoke. This is when Mackie got to meet her first Dalek!
Mackie says, “I’m not sure if seeing crazy monsters on set will ever become the norm, but I am eager to meet some more! The weirder they are, the better − bring it on!”
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