Doctor Who has been nominated for a British LGBT Award for its portrayal of Twelfth Doctor companion Bill Potts, played by actress Pearl Mackie.
Bill’s introduction to Doctor Who last year as the show’s first openly gay regular companion has been nominated as one of the British LGBT Awards’ top ten media moments of the past year.
Since its 2005 return Doctor Who has featured a range of diverse LGBT characters including pansexual Captain Jack Harkness and married same-sex couple Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint, and last year won a PinkNews Ally Award in recognition of its ‘groundbreaking’ LGBT storylines.
Mackie – who left Doctor Who as Bill during last year’s Christmas special – commented on her character’s sexuality when it was revealed ahead of her first appearance in the show itself, saying:
“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.”
Voting for the British LGBT Awards is now open and closes on 23rd March, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony at Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London, on 11th May.
[Source: British LGBT Awards]