“Doctor Who” welcomes first gay companion


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Bethany Wade, Asst. Photography Editor

The topic of LGBTQ+ representation has become of significant importance in major films and television shows by adding more characters that identify within that spectrum. With “Beauty and the Beast” and “Power Rangers” both including scenes that hint at a character’s sexuality, people are waiting for the next franchise to add an openly gay character.

“Doctor Who” has stepped up and added representation to its franchise for the tenth season. The latest companion, Bill, played by Pearl Mackie, will be openly gay. This character detail will be revealed in the season premiere on April 15. Mackie joined the cast after the departure of the previous companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.

When talking with The Guardian, showrunner Steven Moffat dismissed the reaction to the announcement.

“Just to be clear, we are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that. That is the minimal level of representation we should have on television and the correct response would be: ‘What took you so long?’ not, ‘We’re so great,’” said Moffat.

“Doctor Who” is no stranger to having diverse characters, as the show tackles all of space and time. A reoccurring character from seasons three and four, Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, was an openly pansexual character. Jack was such a popular character with fans, he was the lead character of a spinoff entitled “Torchwood” for four seasons.

There was also a portrayal of a female homosexual relationship between two characters throughout season seven.

Don’t get too attached to Bill, though. Current doctor Peter Capaldi is leaving after the upcoming season as well as current showrunner Moffat. But until she departs the TARDIS, her time on the show will be memorable.

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