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Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie (Photo: BBC)

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a conflation of chronological and temporal thingamabobs concerning Time Lords and their closest human friends, from the last week on the internet.

And this week there really is only one key item on our agenda, the arrival of the Doctor’s latest best friend, a girl called Bill, played by Pearl Mackie. And to welcome Bill to the family, the world’s Whovian artists have already started incorporating her into their creations. Lots and lots of them:

But let’s start the story from the beginning (with occasional fan art distractions).

• First there was running…

• Then two pairs of shoes, lined up to prevent the TARDIS floor from getting messy:

• Now the Doctor has a new friend, and she doesn’t understand Daleks:

• Nor, it seems, did Pearl Mackie, the first time she met one:

• But where is she from? That’s the question:

9 things you may wish to know about Pearl Mackie.

• The 10th being that she is very much enjoying her new job:

• Especially larking about with Peter Capaldi:

• And the feeling’s clearly mutual. Peter had this to say: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”

While Steven Moffat added: “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

• More fan art:

• And it makes a lot of sense of this particular visit by Peter Capaldi to the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (starring Pearl Mackie), a short time ago:

Doctor Who: The Fan Show have been having thoughts about Bill:

• What else? Oh yes, more fan art:

In summary:

And finally, amid all the kerfuffle and hubbub, here’s a quick roundup of some other things that happened in the last week:

10 things you may not know about “The Christmas Invasion”, in which we first get to know this fellow:

• A new Doctor Who Monthly celebrates the Target novelizations of classic Who stories:

• The Doctor gets his levers from British Rail:

• And as we started with art, what finer way to end this week than with this, from Titan Comics artist Rachael Stott?


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By Fraser McAlpine