When she went to inform Nardole of this, Hazran fired at her, believing her to be a Cyberman. Upon being attacked by the creature again, Bill and the Romans escaped and encountered the Doctor and Nardole with the Picts. (TV: The Pilot) Bill did not openly express her sexuality, preferring to only reveal it when required. [14] On the same day, Mackie officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con that she would not be returning for the eleventh series. Bill once again got separated from the Doctor when she was chased by Kar and then encountered a Roman. First appearance: The character is popular, so her presence would ease the often uncomfortable transition from a beloved Doctor to "that new guy" taking his place. No one knows if Bill Potts' story will continue into Season 11 after a new doctor and showrunner take over in 2018, but Whovians are hoping she will stick around for more adventures. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole then took the Heads of the American, Russian and Chinese armies and had them strike the pyramid in a coordinated attack. 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In the show's tenth series, starting with the first episode, Bill served as a companion of the Twelfth Doctor, an incarnation of the alien time traveller known as the Doctor (portrayed by Peter Capaldi). Not only is Bill Potts a black female but she is also openly gay. The trio arrived on Mars in 1881 and Bill became separated from the Doctor when she fell down a hole, causing Nardole to return to the TARDIS and get stuck there when the TARDIS returned to Earth. However, he had actually taken her to the Conversion Theatre, telling her that it was for her own good. (TV: The Pyramid at the End of the World), She had problems with her face because it was "always doing expressions [when she was] trying to be enigmatic". When Alit gave her a mirror, Bill realised she was in Cyber-form, causing her distress. see list [13], On 23 July 2017, a trailer for the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time" was released revealing Mackie's involvement in that episode. The Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi) encountered Bill (Pearl Mackie) at Duke’s University in Bristol, where he was make excited as a lecturer. After the Doctor blew up Floor 0507, Bill was left alone on a battlefield. According to the Doctor Who The Official Annual 2018, which is not accepted as a valid source for in-universe articles on this wiki, Bill started sneaking into the Doctor's lectures when she overheard the other students talking about how the Doctor "knew everything about everything" and wanted to know something herself. When the Monks took over Earth, Bill was able to maintain her memory of the Doctor and the world before their rule by using her imaginary image of her mother. In the series finale, "World Enough and Time" / "The Doctor Falls", Bill is shot through the heart after the Doctor's crew reacts to an alien distress call aboard a spaceship, and is carried away by menacing scientists to a lower deck where time moves much more rapidly. Bill Potts shares her name with First Doctor actor William Hartnell, who was often known as Bill or Billy, while Bill's first love interest shares her name with his wife Heather. However, Alan had vanished two years previously. The Doctors managed to trace and neutralise the malignant energy but doing so left only the Twelfth Doctor with any memories of what had happened, him happily taking Bill and Nardole away to tell them what had just happened. [5], In April 2016, it was announced that Pearl Mackie would portray the newest companion Bill Potts, after the departure of Jenna Coleman. In the central chamber, the Doctor attempted to link his mind to the controlling Monk, who after a struggle overpowered the Doctor. Totika then put Bill to the test to swap her body with Stikini War-Queen Cocheta in the Red Skies, a region of the Dreamspace the Stikini were native to. Following the broadcast of her first episode, the character was received more positively. After the Landlord was defeated, the house disintegrated. She was then converted into a Cyberman against her will, though she retained her sense of self thanks to her strong will. [10] Bill is also the show's first openly gay companion. She was also rather brave, leading her group of flatmates when they were scared. When she first encountered the Doctor, Bill was working as a canteen assistant at St Luke's University, seemingly destined for an unprivileged life. (TV: World Enough and Time) The upgrade prolonged her lifespan (though it slowed her down to mere walking speed) and also gave her a cybernetic blaster on the handlebars on her headpiece. (COMIC: The Great Shopping Bill). The Doctor took her back to the university, where Bill expressed regret at having turned down Heather's offer, with the Doctor telling her it was unlikely they would ever see each other again. More behind the scenes stuff On her deathbed, Bill tells Heather to leave her and resume her astral form. Partner: He tried to outrun the water creature, at first travelling to Sydney, Australia, then to a faraway planet, and, finally, a war zone in the Dalek-Movellan War. were. An advanced model of Cyberman came from the lift, but the four managed to disable it after several seconds. Bill: Well plenty of people come to your lectures that aren’t supposed to.Why pick on me? Unable to save her, the Doctor allowed her to be taken by medical figures who had come from the lower levels of the ship as he understood were capable of healing her. Liam Carey Human, Cyberman, Sentient oil (TV: The Pilot). Bill became distraught and shot the Doctor with a gun she took from one of the SWAT troops, who appeared to begin regenerating, but quickly stopped. An injured Doctor arrived and explained to her what a Cyberman was and how she was converted, speculating her mind now acted as a perception filter so she would still believe she was human. When Bill knowingly looked at the TARDIS, the Doctor realised what she was suggesting and made her stand close to him, intending to wipe her memory of these events, but she convinced him not to. (TV: Smile). The Doctor assured her she wasn't and told her to call Penny that night as he had a "feeling [they were] going to be very busy". The line appeared to be a callback to Pearl Mackie’s character Bill Potts, who was ‘upgraded’ by the Cybermen – and in a making-of video released … Humanity woke up from the Monks' lies and revolted against them. The Seminole medicine woman Totika summoned the Stikini who killed the Sheltons by ripping their hearts from their bodies. Recognising herself as a continuation of Bill, she is delighted to see the Doctor again, and helps him on his journey to accept he must regenerate again. (TV: Twice Upon a Time), Bill was a lesbian. [3] Before her premiere episode was broadcast, Bill made a cameo appearance in a Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, titled "The Daft Dimension", alongside Nardole in Issue #511 (May 2017). While following the Master, Bill asked why the Cybermen were planning to invade Floor 0507, the Doctor replying that it was due to their desire to take the children. In the Red Skies, Bill met the other Seminole Totika had banished. (TV: The Haunting of Villa Diodati) A short time later, Bill was one of many individuals she recalled to break free from the the Matrix on Gallifrey. The Galatean Chiyoko, feeling her "mother" (the TARDIS's essence on Bill), had Bill take Chiyoko to the TARDIS, which Chiyoko could hear was screaming due to the markings on the TARDIS' shell. (TV: World Enough and Time). Bill found herself in the Dreamspace where Sythorr — who was the giant Haluu below the two trees — chased Bill and Rudy in an attempt to wipe their minds as part of his plan to take over Earth. Shackleford, in season one. When Bill Potts first came on the scene, ... Not only was Bill a lesbian, but she was also a woman of color. Pearl Mackie is The Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts, in season ten of Doctor Who. Bill’s fate on the show is up in the air. Richard Gilliland was cast in a recurring role as Mary Jo’s boyfriend, J.D. They arrived in the middle of a forest to find Missy using her sonic umbrella on a camouflaged lift. On the Doctor's advice, she released Heather from her promise. After Jenny had explained the events that led to her arrival, Bill was ready to help only to be shocked by the white energy that emanated from the Void, finding she was immune to it. Bill challenges the Doctor in his ways, calling him out on issues that he hasn't faced in a long time, and having a curious mind, she asks him continuous questions. After Fey attacked the Doctor, Bill finally got her to listen by explaining how the Doctor always tries to do what is right, allowing the Doctor to reveal the truth to her: that the Absence was never real. (TV: The Pilot). She was implied to have sworn on multiple occasions, (TV: Thin Ice, The Lie of the Land) and also once called the Doctor a "bloody arse". Friday rescued them and Bill attempted to prevent an all-out war between the Ice Warriors and the humans. After the revived Shayde wiped Fey's memory of her time with him at the cost of his own life, Bill joined the Doctor in placing her safely in Wonderland in London, although she was upset that the Doctor never said goodbye to her. The only serious problem was a wildly unnecessary fat joke in the first two minutes, which makes Bill seem shallow and judgemental. (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time), At some point, Bill and Heather "went on a break" from dating, with Bill choosing to return to study at St Luke's University. When accompanying the Doctor on his test to see if Missy could be good, she was fatally shot on a Mondasian ship by Jorj. (TV: The Doctor Falls), Bill and Heather travelled the universe together and visited all the places the Doctor never got around to showing Bill. St Luke's University, Twelfth Doctor, Nardole Rushing to find him, Bill was too late to warn him of a Weeping Angel behind him. The entire scenario was revealed to have been a test by Nardole, the Doctor and the team, to make sure Bill was not under the influence of the Monks. (TV: The Doctor Falls), When mortally wounded by Jorj, she was partially cyber-converted, given a cybernetic chest-unit. Escaping, the Doctor and Bill landed back on Cornucopia, where Bill shouted at him for not telling her enough about what was going on. When the crisis was resolved, the TARDIS returned and Bill learnt that Missy had been let out of the Vault by Nardole to rescue them. (TV: The Pilot), Bill's relationship with Moira tended to be similar to roommates rather than mother and daughter. Other voice actors: The two soon met Lady Takashi, a psychic who felt an alien presence on Titan years ago in a sleep. [19], However, Catherine Gee of The Telegraph gave a more negative review, saying Mackie in her premiere episode "lacked the charismatic spark of Jenna Coleman" and said Mackie's character was a "muddle", but praised the fact Mackie's character was not middle-class. This upset Bill and she went to talk to the Doctor, but before long the Cybermen arrived. (TV: The Pilot, Extremis) As Moira was never able to hold down a single partner, Bill tended to never bother learning their names as "[she'd] only get attached." The Doctor: Well I noticed you. Not only was a romantic relationship off the cards, she pushed the boundaries of the … (TV: The Pilot), Bill was also rather bold, hating the idea of being spoken to in a sexist manner and having to withhold her opinion due to racial stereotypes of the 19th century. At the university where the Doctor and Bill worked, they entered the Vault to talk to Missy, who said she had encountered the Monks before. After accepting a human death, Bill finds herself part of Testimony. Main actor: The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole watched as the Monks abandoned Earth. Doctor Who continues May 13th with 'Oxygen' on BBC and BBC America. She briefly empathised with Bill's condition before calling the lift. As the ship became more dangerous, the Doctor instructed Bill to return to the TARDIS and activate Emergency Protocol 13-9 which granted Missy remote control of the TARDIS. (TV: Thin Ice) Bill also deduced the TARDIS granted her the ability to speak different languages, (TV: The Eaters of Light) and that the patients in the hospital were in severe pain despite "Razor" trying to convince her otherwise. Shortly afterwards, the Doctor and Bill ended up stranded in an entropy bubble in space, as part of an elaborate trap by Fey Truscott-Sade to capture time travellers, including the Doctor. (TV: The Doctor Falls), Bill's Theme - DWFinaleCountdown - Doctor Who. He then tried to return to the university just after they left, but when he and Bill exited the TARDIS, they discovered they were outside in winter with an elephant in front of them. This meant Bill was exposed to the vacuum of space. (PROSE: Inflicting Christmas), Bill's memories were retained by the Testimony Foundation, which assumed her form as it interacted with the Doctor as well as his first incarnation and Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart. 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