The new series of Doctor Who will see the Doctor team up with his very first openly gay companion.
Bill Potts, played by newcomer Pearl Mackie, will make her debut when the long-running sci-fi favourite returns this month.
The actress told the BBC that representation is important, “especially on a mainstream show” like Doctor Who.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st century. It’s about time, isn’t it?” she said.
“It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl and not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.
“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”
The new series will air in Australia on ABC on April 16, and actor Peter Capaldi is returning for his last series as The Doctor.