In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine – #500, don’t you know! – Steven Moffat has talked about new companion, Bill, and has revealed that she’s not, as many have speculated, from the 1980s.
“She’s from now, yeah. I know there are rumours about her being from the 1980s, but she isn’t. She’s just wearing what young people are wearing now. I know that, because Pearl [Mackie] chose her outfit herself.”
Well, fashion – like all things – is cyclical, so I agree that 1980s trends are back “In” at the moment (a terrifying thought), so that does make sense. Nonetheless, it does feel somewhat like a missed opportunity. As you read this, you can no doubt hear the sighs of people who didn’t want just another modern-day companion. But it’s a bit unfair to judge already. Especially as, Moffat further reveals, we won’t meet Bill until next year:
“We’ll introduce her in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run throughout that series. She’ll not appear in the 2016 Christmas special, because that would blow the series launch … So there’ll be somebody else – a different, guest companion – this Christmas, like how River Song played the companion role in last year’s special.
“How we first encounter her, and how we first encounter the Doctor next year, is very unusual for us…”
And as many suspected, Bill is short for Billie – unless Steven changes his mind – which is likely in tribute to Billie Piper, who played Rose Tyler in Moffat’s first televised story (apart from Curse of Fatal Death), The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (2005).
The outfit Pearl Mackie wore in the short that introduced Bill to the world was quite a wonderful coincidence, featuring a Prince album t-shirt soon after he died. Brand manager, Edward Russell assures us:
People asking about Bill's 'Prince' T-shirt in Friend From The Future. It was shot 11 days ago. Just a very WEIRD coincidence #DoctorWho
— Edward Russell (@edwardrussell) April 24, 2016
So how does all this make you feel, dear reader? Annoyed? Excited? Nonplussed? Let us know below, won’t you?