Pearl Mackie has said she’s not involved in Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary celebrations “as far as today” — but she’s still excited about seeing what’s in store!
Mackie, of course, played Bill Potts, companion to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in Series 10. As we know Catherine Tate is coming back as Donna Noble for the 60th, fans are obviously eager to find out if any other Who alumni might be back. But Pearl says not:
“I am not involved at all, as far as today.”
This is ad news for all of us who loved Bill. I certainly did. I absolutely loved Series 10: the Doctor and Bill’s relationship was perfect, and adding in Matt Lucas as Nardole was a great idea too. And there were plenty of enjoyable storylines too, including The Pilot, Oxygen, and World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls. Unconventional perhaps, but another highlight for me was Smile.
And Pearl recalls her time on Doctor Who with affection too. She adds:
“I look back on it with great fondness. It was such a wonderful experience, it’s such a well-loved show. It will be something that I remember and keep very close to my heart for forever, really. And in career terms, it was an amazing opportunity.
“I can’t wait to watch the 60th episodes. I think it’s going to be fantastic, so I’m really excited to see what they do.”
We do know that David Tennant is back as the lead, albeit this time as the Fourteenth Doctor; that Neil Patrick Harris will play a villain; that Beep the Meep will make his TV debut; that Chanya Button, Tom Kingsley and Rachel Talalay are directing the three specials; and that it will be the late, great Bernard Cribbins’ last TV appearance.
All that’s coming up in November. Will more companions return too? Let’s wait and see.