“The first time you meet him he’s funny. The second time he’s amazing. The third time you realize he’s the most dangerous man in the universe,” says Pearl Mackie, who joins the cast of “Doctor Who” for season 10 as Bill Potts, the latest companion to join the time-traveling title character (Peter Capaldi) on his adventures. “He says he’s a man of peace, but he walks in war. I’m having the time of my life, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world — even if it kills me.” Above, watch the latest trailer for the new season, which premieres April 15 on BBC America.
“Doctor Who” has existed in various forms since it debuted on British television 1963 — that’s 54 years ago! Since then 13 actors have played the Doctor, including Christopher Eccleston (“The Leftovers”), David Tennant (“Broadchurch,” “Jessica Jones”), Matt Smith (“The Crown”) and the late, great John Hurt. The sci-fi series returned to TV full-time in 2005, and Capaldi has played the role since season eight in 2014. He’s the first Oscar winner to play the role, having won Best Life Action Short for “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life” (1994).
But there are big changes in store for “Doctor Who” after season 10. Capaldi has announced that this will be his last season on the show, and it will also be the last for Steven Moffat, who has been the showrunner since 2010. In addition to “Doctor Who,” Moffat has found success overseeing another legendary British hero, “Sherlock,” for which he has won two Emmys including Best TV Movie in 2016 for the episode “The Abominable Bride.”
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