New “Doctor Who” Companion Bill Is Gay

Since its 2005 reboot, The BBC’s “Doctor Who” has been quite good about LGBTQ inclusion. From 51st century pansexual space adventurer Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), to numerous guest characters, the series’ nonchalanat gay character inclusion has been mostly welcome even if limited to recurring roles or regular parts on the spin-offs (ala “Torchwood”).

Now though, it has been revealed that Pearl Mackie’s Bill Potts in the upcoming tenth season will be the show’s first ongoing, permanent openly gay companion. In fact the character will have her sexuality revealed in her first scene according to a new interview with the BBC.

“Doctor Who” returns April 15th.