In the case you haven't heard of, it's been revealed that the new Doctor Who Companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie), will be openly gay, and this will be pretty much clear from the first few lines of dialogue. I'm super-excited that a show I love will have a gay female lead. I'm also glad that this means the Doctor-Companion relationship will definitely not have sexual/romantic attraction as a small or big component, because that is getting kind of old and I haven't even seen that many seasons yet. And it doesn't hurt that the first thing I thought of when I saw the first pictures and material of Bill was "Ooh, she's hot" and I don't just mean her looks but her general demeanour, all the brightness and smartness and energy and colourful attire and all. I bet that half of the queer girls in the fandom have a crush on her already. *g* I definitely do. She already seemed like someone I'd adore as a companion, and this is just icing on the cake, so I hope that actually watching her will make me like her as much as I expect.
Some people have been upset that she's being broadcast as the first full-time gay companion since there was Jack etc. but a) I think by full-time they meant someone who's around for a full season, which Jack never was, and b) Jack isn't gay, he's bi/pan/omni/whatever the right term is, so the expression is still correct.
This definitely seals it; I'm so going to watch the new series as it airs, never mind that I'm several seasons behind. I already watched the Christmas special and I know roughly what happened in the end of the last season, so I don't think it'll be too hard to figure out what's going on. And I just checked when we're going to get it in Finland, and guess what? Like with the Christmas special, we're getting Series 10 only one day later than the UK! So brilliant! I can watch it pretty much in real time!
I've just started watching S5, by the way. I still need to finish my write-up on my many thoughts on S4 (not to mention write my Torchwood S2 post!) but I decided to just skip the specials because I just didn't like them much at all (except for the Wilfred bits, and some of the Master stuff). Also, Journey's End has the unfortunate effect of making me kind of hate Ten, and considering I do generally love him, I didn't want to add to that by all the purposeless angst-wallowing that the Specials are.
So straight onto Eleven it was, and oh, so far I'm totally liking both him and Amy. The Eleventh Hour was a bit full of things and had pacing problems, but I really enjoyed it as an introduction to the characters, and the amount of backstory Amy gets there makes it easy to relate to her and see what's going on with her. And I thought The Beast Below was magnificent. Liz 10 was a lovely character, too, and Amy totally has my heart now, if there was a part she didn't have by the end of The Eleventh Hour. I'm still getting used to how young Eleven looks, but it's interesting to observe him, and there's something deliciously explosively adventurous in his and Amy's dynamic so far. I'm pretty sure I will have watched S5 at least by the time S10 starts, so that's something.
Anyway, being so excited about this - both Bill and S5 - is fun! I've been all sorts of exhausted by RL lately, and not feeling great, so feeling excitement is delightful.