A month ago, we learned that following the, um, departure of Clara Oswald in Season Nine of ‘Doctor Who’ that Season Ten would see the introduction of a new companion named Bill played by Pearl Mackie.

Bill was introduced via a two-minute video clip.  If you missed it the first time we presented it, you can check it out below:

Obviously very little was revealed and fans have been buzzing since.  Steven Moffat is now offering a few details about the new companion including WHEN she’s from.

Due to her funky outfit, many wondered if she might be from the 80s, but Moffat clarifies that:

“She’s from now, yeah. I know there are rumours about her being from the 1980s, but she isn’t. She’s just wearing what young people are wearing now.

“I know that, because Pearl chose her outfit herself.”

Speaking of when, Moffat revealed when Bill/Mackie will make her debut.  As fans know, the next season of ‘Doctor Who’ will not air until next year, although there will be a Christmas Special in December.

Moffat stated:

“How we first encounter her, and how we first encounter the Doctor next year, is very unusual for us.

“We’ll introduce her in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run throughout that series.”

Moffat did say that there will be a companion in the Christmas Special, but that leaves the door wide open.  This past year’s special featured the return of Alex Kingston’s River Song.

Not only will Bill’s first encounter with The Doctor be unique, but it appears that she will be a unique presence all around:

“Bill is someone who asks the questions that nobody has asked for 53 years.

… irreverence and cheek to ask all the questions you’re not supposed to ask on Doctor Who. ‘How different is it having two hearts? Is one a back-up? Do you have very, very high blood pressure?’”

Are you intrigued about The Doctor’s new companion?  Can you stand the wait until next year for new episodes?