What Doctor Who companion Bill Potts teaches viewers about foster care: the new character has the potential to shine a light on a group of children that people might not otherwise consider

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Fans of Doctor Who started to learn about the Time Lord’s new companion a year before her first appearance. In that time, we learned quite a bit about Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, and much of the media focus rested on the fact that she is the first openly gay companion.

What no one knew until the first episode was broadcast is something that resonates with me on a professional level. I work at Celcis – the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland – an organisation that works to make positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people who, for a variety of reasons, are looked after by the state, for example in foster care – children like Bill Potts.
Original languageEnglish
TypeThe Guardian Social Care Network
Media of outputBlog
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2017


  • foster care
  • children in care
  • popular culture
  • Doctor Who

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