Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television show that has included a number of LGBT characters over the years and recently introduced its first LGBT "Companion", Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie).
In March 2017, it was announced that Doctor Who would have its first LGBT Companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). In an interview with BBC News, Mackie said:
"It shouldn't be a big deal in the 21st Century. It's about time isn't it? That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show. It's important to say people are gay, people are black - there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them. I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl 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."
Other significant LGBT characters on the show have included Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a recurring character introduced in 2005 who also starred in the spinoff show Torchwood, and River Song (Alex Kingston), a recurring character introduced in 2008, who are both bisexual.
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