'It's about time' Doctor Who had a gay companion, says sidekick
'Doctor Who' newcomer Pearl Mackie has said it is "about time" that the show featured an openly gay character as the Time Lord's official companion.
She will play new sidekick Bill Potts to Peter Capaldi's Doctor when the new series airs this weekend.
Her role has made headlines as it marks the first time the show has clearly defined a character's same-sex sexuality.
But, claiming that it is only the creators' phrasing that has changed, Mackie told ITV's 'Good Morning Britain': "Arguably there have been lots of gay characters on 'Doctor Who' previously.
"The terminology 'the official companion' is why she's the first gay companion - it's the terminology of that that's actually the first for 'Doctor Who'. I mean, it's about time isn't it?"
The creator of the show's 10th series, Steven Moffat, has previously agreed that Bill's sexuality should not be anything to "fuss" about.
"Just to be clear, we are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that. The correct response should be 'what took you so long?'," he said.
Instead, he has told how her role will be to pose the questions about the Doctor's history that new viewers might be asking.
"She has a different bunch of questions - what are the questions that a real person flung into The Doctor's life would ask?" he said.