Pearl Mackie addresses Doctor Who 60th appearance question

Former Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie has addressed the question of whether she’s filmed a part in the upcoming 60th anniversary specials of the BBC sci-fi show… and it turns out she hasn’t, “as far as today.”

The actress, known for portraying Bill Potts opposite Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in season 10 was quizzed about the possibility of making a return to the show at a recent press screening of her new show, Tom Jones, releasing on ITVX on May 4.

With David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King, Karl Collins and the late Bernard Cribbins all reprising roles in the show, there has been much speculation that other major characters from the modern era of the show may make returns in the three episode story this November.

But when asked, Mackie said:  “I am not involved at all, as far as today.”

She added in regard to her time on Doctor Who: “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.”

The three-part 60th anniversary episodes will be the first as part of a new deal between the BBC and Disney that makes Disney+ the International streaming home of Doctor Who outside the UK.

The episodes will be followed by the first full episode starring incoming Fifteenth Doctor actor Ncuti Gatwabest known to many for his role as Eric Effiong in Sex Education in Netflix. His first show is slated for the festive season and will see the introduction of his new companion Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson formerly of Coronation Street.

It is expected the rest of season 14 of Doctor Who will play out in 2024.