It’s official! The Doctor’s next companion will be a lesbian! Here’s why it’s about damn time ‘Doctor Who’ features an openly gay partner in crime.
We could already tell that Bill Potts (to be played by actress Pearl Mackie) would be a formidable final companion for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. But now she’s even more special because she revealed that she’s going to be Doctor Who’s first openly gay companion!
“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st century. It’s about time, isn’t it?” said Pearl in an interview about her character with BBC. We can’t help but agree! Doctor Who has always been progressive, featuring empowered women, gay people, and people and aliens of all types, but until now they’ve never made one of the Doctor’s long term partners part of the LGBT community.
“That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show,” said Pearl. “It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world, so watch out for them. I remember watching TV as a young, mixed-race girl, not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognize yourself on screen is important.” Preach!
What’s more important is that Bill will not be a stereotype or a caricature of a “gay person,” as so many TV characters unfortunately end up being. Her sexuality is just one facet of an interesting, brilliant, and headstrong woman. “[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with,” explained Pearl.
Doctor Who first tested the waters of having a non-heterosexual companion with Captain Jack Harkness, played by the very sexy John Barrowman. The conman-turned-hero became a sort of tagalong companion with the 9th Doctor and his real companion Rose for half of a season in 2005 and a few more episodes throughout the series. The public support for Jack, who is a major bisexual flirt, was out of this world! The public fell head over heels for him (including myself, #Jack4Life), so why did it take over a decade for Doctor Who to have one of the full-time companions represent the LGBT community? Too long or not, I’m just happy it finally happened. Now can we FINALLY get a female Doctor please?
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that Bill will be a lesbian? Let us know!