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Doctor Who gets a new assistant

Press AssociationPress Association 23/04/2016 Lorna Cooper

Former Doctors actress Pearl Mackie is the new Doctor Who companion and will star as Bill alongside Peter Capaldi as The Doctor.

The news was announced on UK TV during the half-time break of the FA Cup semi-final between victors Manchester United and Everton.

Talking about her new role, Mackie said: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family.

"It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the Tardis my home."

She also praised her co-star.

"Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character.

"I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space."

Mackie, 27, who hails from Brixton in south London, takes over from Jenna Coleman as the Doctor's assistant.

She is currently performing in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

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