What Advice Would Karen Gillan and Pearl Mackie Give to New Doctor Who Companions?

As well as a new Doctor, we, at the DWC, are looking forward to new companions in 2018.

Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole are joining everyone’s favourite Time Lord on her adventures through time and space.

It’s bound to be an exciting but stressful time for those actors as they take on one of the most high-profile jobs in British television, as well as the punishing work schedule that goes with it. Fortunately, Pearl Mackie and Karen Gillan – who played companions, Bill Potts and Amy Pond respectively – have been giving their advice to the new TARDIS Team.

Somewhat surprisingly, these tips have been more about dietary choices than dodging Daleks or coping with temporal nausea (a horrible condition in which vomiting precedes any feeling of sickness rather than the other way round). For Mackie, it’s about being careful about what you eat:

“I’d say to them what Karen [Gillan] said to Jenna [Coleman, who played Clara Oswald], and what Jenna then passed on to me, which may be misinterpreted by any American readers, but it’s meant in the truest sense of the Welsh sense of food description words, which was: ‘Don’t eat the [meat] faggots in the canteen’. Which are Welsh faggots, but apparently aren’t very nice.”

“I don’t know, I didn’t try them, I was warned off them by two previous companions, so I thought best to steer clear.”

Karen Gillan, meanwhile, has some advice for those few moments of down-time the actors will get:

“I would say that the Wagamamas in Cardiff Bay is good. Or maybe they could do what I did every night and go to the Tescos in Cardiff Bay, and get a deep-filled sandwich and McCoys crisps. That’s a good way to end the day.”

In terms of their acting, Mackie trusts that Walsh, Gill, and Cole won’t need any advice from her:

“I’m sure they’re gonna be fantastic. It seems like a really exciting new direction they’ve got with having this big team together. So I think it’ll be great. I think just enjoy it – enjoy the ride and don’t stay up too late. Go to bed early, and learn your lines and just have as much fun as you possibly can because it’s just such an amazing adventure.”

What about you? How would you prepare for life with the Thirteenth Doctor? And what would you say to the new companions, and the actors playing them, if you had the chance? How should they prepare for what is bound to be, in the words of the Ninth Doctor, the trip of a lifetime…?

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    I would have advised them not to accept roles in this PC, SJW, feminazi parody version of the show. It won’t do much for their careers when it bombs but ho-hum. But yeah, don’t eat the faggots (I’m surprised you can still call them that without being accused of homophobia)!

    • Rick714

      You’re not in favor of the new incarnation of the show? I’m shocked that you remained so mum on the subject until now…….

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        Wow, how did you figure that out? 🙂 But yes you are right, I’m not in favour of this new parody spoof thing. Sadly, Jodie really didn’t do herself any favours recently by saying those who are against her casting for genuinely good reasons should simply “Grow Up”. Almost as bad as Moff’s denial of any backlash and wishing the media and fans who spoke out would “shut the hell up”

        • Rick714

          Yeah, no—I was kidding. Everybody’s well aware of your hatred of the new era. Everybody has to have gotten the message by now. I doubt anyone’s going to change their mind on their views though. I’m kind of surprised you’re still showing up here though—of course it’s your prerogative….but why would you want to? just to keep spewing the hate? Not trying to start a fight, just curious.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Well, hatred is a bit unfair and uncalled for is it not? Please tell me when I have shown any hatred? I merely don’t agree with the casting, or the reason behind it. I’ve been very complimentary towards Jodie as an actress in my comments (and rightly so judging by the few things I’ve seen her in). And, like it or not, I’m still here and not going anywhere as I love this site and our community. I’m not going to do a Dr. Moo and run away because somebody dosen’t agree with me. I love my daughter sharing this site with me too.

          • Rick714

            Sorry, whenever you start going on about PC and “femi-nazis” in the way that you do, it comes across to me as hate. Sure, there are those people out there, you’re right. But when you rant about the same thing time and time again, it just sounds like anger and hatred. That’s what prompted my question. It seemed like you’re fed up and will no longer be watching the show. Continuing to come here and reading the latest articles seems to start the cycle over each time. I’m in no way saying you should vacate. I was really just trying to understand what’s in it for you at this point based on your comments over the past several months. I also don’t remember you saying you like Jodie—not saying you didn’t, I just didn’t see it.

            If I’m mistaken, my apologies. Your comments just read like you were angry and miserable and for some reason kept coming back to rail about what the show had become. Very hard to tell the emotions of a post from the text sometimes. I am NOT trying to rile you up further, was just curious about your motivation. I hope you and your daughter enjoy the show.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            You ARE mistaken. Look up my previous comments regarding Jodie in general. And I truly feel for you that my comments and words automatically bring up thoughts of hate. Perhaps that says more about you than me. But I know and respect you as a long term contributor. I will “rant” as much as I want to about my views regarding the show. You are not obliged to respond or reply to any of my comments you find uncomfortable. Just ignore me if that is easier for you.

          • Rick714

            I’m sorry if you took offense, as I never did. I really don’t think anything about it says anything about me, as your comments are the only ones that have stood out amongst the crowd, thus prompting my question. You don’t make me the least bit uncomfortable, again, something seemed to be at odds and I asked. Nothing more, nothing less. You obviously don’t intend for your comments to be seen as a rant, good enough for me, just trying to glean intent. Mission accomplished.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            No. No offense taken at my end at all. Well, you’re the one that mentioned hate, not me. So who is hating? I suppose I’m glad my comments have stood out to you in the crowd, just wish you didn’t find hate in them. I just hope you read my positive comments about Jodie as an actress in my previous comments. And I of course admit I “rant” sometimes – and proudly. Again, feel free not to respond or reply. Glad to hear your mission was accomplished. We can all sleep easy now 🙂

          • Jack Ashcraft

            For what it is worth, I agree with you completely, Franco. Jodie is not the Doctor. She’s playing a parody character who is subsisting off the history of Doctor Who in a program that promotes decidedly Leftist socio-political propaganda and 3rd Wave Feminist hatred for men. Trash television at its “finest”.

          • Philip

            Glad to hear you’re not going anywhere! I hope the DWC will provide enough coverage to all eras so those who aren’t happy about the show’s future (and as you know, I’m not exactly cock-a-hoop) will still find stuff to entertain. 🙂

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I’m sure all you at the DWC will cater to all, that is why I’m going nowhere despite the show having ended in my opinion. Still 54 years to cover. (I may still rant from time to time though so I apologise to Rck714 in advance) 🙂

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            “I merely don’t agree with the casting, or the reason behind it.”

            Bull. Ranting endlessly for six months and continuing to throw around ridiculous 4chan style alt-right moron catchphrases says there is more to it than that. You are angry and it shows. I was against a female doctor. I am against the cronyism that had led to the casting of Walsh and Whittaker. I was against Chibnall shutting men out of the audition process. I have articulated all that on here and elsewhere. Yet nobody has criticised me for it or told me I getting tiresome. You on the other hand…..

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            If you think six month’s worth of my ranting is boring and tiresome then you’re in for a shock with what is to come no doubt. Maybe best for you to just bypass my future comments regarding the future spoof/parody 🙂 And what is 4chan? (excuse my ignorance) you mention it elsewhere. And I don’t think the words I use are any worse than being called sexist, bigotted, a dinosaur etc because of my views. If you find me tiresome then please feel free to ignore me. (you’re allowed to do that you know) 🙂 C’mon Burt, you’re better than this eh!

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            I HAVE been ignoring by virtue of the fact that you have largely been the reason I don’t post much here these days.

            Words like bigot and sexist are NOT the same. These are clearly defined words. Now whether or not you agree with a person’s use of them is another matter. But things like Social Justice Warrior and feminazi, what do they even mean? They are internet created labels with no real definition. SJW is frequently used as a label to shut down all discussion of social equality, whether it is meritorious or not. Same with feminazi and women’s rights. They are simplistic and childish labels that are frequently used by bigots, including racists, misogynists, sexists, homophobes, antisemites and islamaphobes, to shut down legitimate discussion and avoid having to articulate an argument, by throwing everything links to equal right under one umbrella instead of having a grown up conversation about which situations carry a legitimate complaint and which don’t. Case in point. There is a legitimate complaint with The Doctor, both in the casting process from Chibnall, the loss of as male role model and the fundamental change to the character. But labels like yours are also frequently used to dismiss any attempt to increase the amount of original female lead roles and more diversity. Used by people who see any attempt to reduce the dominance of white male actors to any degree as “PC gone mad”. This is who you ally yourself to when you use these silly labels, and then you complain about being called bigoted and sexist. You bloody well ask for it if you use those sorts of silly catchphrases as you ally yourself with the bigots!! I’ll be blunt, whenever I see anyone using those labels I immediately think to myself “another idiot who can’t think for himself and articulate an argument”. That’s the sort of first impression it gives and I know I am not the only one who thinks it. You use labels like that and you play into the hands of the very people who do misuse social equality arguments and take them too far as you make it even easier for them to call you a bigot, sexist, moron or whatever else. Surely you can see that? My argument is that you can say all you want to say in an articulate manner without the nonsense and I am saying it as someone largely on teh same page as you. Yet your argument is “I don’t care”! Well, I don’t care if people think you’re a bigot, because you ally yourself with them and stick your fingers up any anyone who dares question the wisdom, of lack thereof, in your style.

            Oh, and no way you use labels like SJW and femenazi and don’t know what 4chan is, unless you are very obtuse, politically unaware, had your head up your arse during the rise of Trump and have picked up these labels without knowing how they are used.

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            It really is broken record stuff. His tiresome repetition stopped me posting on most articles…and I wasn’t in favour of a female Doctor either! I just feel like he should just get over it and move on. There is much more out there to be doing with life and his small voice on a low traffic site isn’t going to change diddly squat, no matter how many months he goes on and on and on. Plus, all the 4chan alt-right style catchphrases throws his credibility out of the window and just makes him sound like one of those whiny white men types who thinks their penis is under threat.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I love you too Burt. 🙂

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            Burt?

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Surely Turd Ferguson is a reference to SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy? Hence the “Burt” reference.

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            Oh I see. Yes it is!

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Classic sketches. All of them. You have a good taste in humour! 🙂

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            I’m not a huge SNL person. I like most of the older stuff from the 70s and 80s as opposed to the 90s onwards. But for some reason the Reynold’s impression really registered with me. I’ve also met Reynolds himself and he’s a lovely bloke so the fact that the impression is in good spirit rather than mean appeals to me as well.

            Who is Andre the Giant?!

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Do you not know? he’s a giant that goes by the name Andre! And if you like the earlier stuff then you’ll appreciate the Land Shark and Roseanne Roseannadanna.

          • The Lazy Womble

            He played Fezzick in The Princess Bride. And I believe he was a wrestler.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Hey Lazy. Yes I know who he actually is but it was another SNL reference 🙂

          • Jack Ashcraft

            I don’t think you have any real idea of what AltRight truly is, judging by the context in which you use it. Perhaps you just find anything critical of Leftist socio-political theory distasteful and call it “AltRight’, the new hate label.

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            Ironic. In your bid to call me out you have illustrated how you are partt of the problem. These labels are for non-thinking hyper partisan people. You prove it by automatically assuming that I must be left wing or a liberal (I’m actually a centrist) because I criticise labels worthy of five year olds. You couldn’t even bother to read on this page how I generally am on the same page as Franco over a female Doctor, but that it is the delivery of the message I am questioning.

            I despair of the hyper partisan nature of political thought, or rather non-thought, that we have to contend with these days. Where’s everything is boiled down to labels and stock comments rather than Thank you for showing how far that lack of thought goes because all you could see in your mind was “he says “SJW is a silly catchphrase – HE’S A LEFTIST LIBERAL!!!!! LET’S GANG UP ON THE EVIL ONE!!!”. I find that desperately sad.

          • Jack Ashcraft

            Nice try. You throw out the labels on someone, then when called on it claim those calling you on it are actually the one’s guilty. You, sir, have issues far deeper than I suspected.

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            Riiiiiiiiiight. Because it was mean who started with all the “SJW, femanazi” nonsense, right?

            Tell me, if you expect me to treat you with a shred of credibility please explain those labels to me and tell me which demographic regularly uses them. If you can’t do so then your insults are meaningless.

          • Philip

            And Turd Ferguson’s Doggy – I’m very sorry that you stopped commenting elsewhere on the site because you didn’t want to get dragged into all this endlessly. I hope this current discussion hasn’t put you off for the future either; please know that you’re always welcome here 🙂

          • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

            Thanks. 🙂

          • Philip

            Okay, everyone, I think it’s time I stepped in – much as I prefer to let discussions carry on, this one’s getting a bit heated, and I don’t want anyone here feeling attacked. The thing is, the main people in this debate are on the same page anyway, so it’s arguing for arguments’ sake. I understand where this is all coming from, but we want to keep the DWC a nice place to be.

          • Jack Ashcraft

            You’re correct, of course. I’ll refrain from responding further.

          • BarryP

            I think that time is long gone. I was told I was a fictional entity made up by the writing team because I was happy with the new direction.

      • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

        I think it’s very refreshing that he’s finally come out and shed light on the PC, SJW femanazi conspiracy. For six months we have been starved here of such a load and clear voice! 😉

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          Still love you burt! 🙂

  • Mack59

    “Run !!!”

  • ColeBox

    “Make sure you learn your lines.”

    Seriously, I would advise that they grow a thick-skin as, depending on how your character is accepted, there *could* be a bit of flack coming your way.

  • Planet of the Deaf

    My advice for the Companion actors would be…

    Prepare yourself for a lifetime of conventions! Good money, but expect to be asked the same questions, and to repeat the same anecdotes again and again and again…

  • Jack Ashcraft

    Quit before you’re a part of the disgusting travesty.