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Pearl Mackie “Not Involved At All” in Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Celebrations

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.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Pearl Mackie “Not Involved At All” in Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Celebrations

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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