The next companion of Doctor Who will be openly lesbian, the BBC has announced.
New companion Bill Potts will debut in the next series of the long-running TV series in April.
Actress Pearl Mackie, who plays Bill, 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.”
Since Doctor Who returned to TV in 2005, the show has featured many LGBT characters, including John Barrowman who played the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness.
However, Bill Potts will be the first permanent companion who is identified as LGBT.
The tenth series of Doctor Who, which will feature Peter Capaldi in his last season as the Doctor, and which will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill, will air on UK TV on BBC1 on Saturday 15 April.