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The character will make her final appearance in this year's Christmas special.
News broke at this weekend's San Diego Comic Con that while Pearl Mackie would be reprising her role as Bill Potts in the upcoming 'Doctor Who' Christmas special episode later this year, it would be the last time she'd step into the companion's shoes for the foreseeable future, as she won't be making a comeback in the new series next year.
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie as The Doctor and companion Bill Potts
The announcement will come as a blow to many fans of the sci-fi series, who have really warmed up to the companion Bill ever since her debut earlier this year, following the departure of another fan-favourite, Clara (Jenna Coleman). Bill had come onto the show at the time because of, as well as her talents, the need to bring more diversity to the series.
Continue reading: Pearl Mackie Won't Return As Bill Potts To 'Doctor Who' In 2018
The actress plays the first companion to represent the LGBT+ community.
For almost 10 full seasons now, 'Doctor Who' has been entertaining audiences on the BBC since the series' re-emergence, bringing the iconic sci-fi character back to the small screen as a formidable force. With a variety of different actors taking on the role throughout the past few years, Peter Capaldi is the man currently serving as The Doctor, but it's already been confirmed that this current outing will be his last.
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie work alongside one another in 'Doctor Who' series 10
With rumours now suggesting the likes of Kris Marshall or even Tilda Swinton could be taking over when Capaldi's work on the show is done, talk is also turning to whether or not Pearl Mackie - who plays The Doctor's companion Bill Potts on the show - will be coming back to serve whoever steps into The Doctor's shoes come series 11.
Continue reading: Pearl Mackie Unsure If She'll Return For 'Doctor Who' Series 11
Episode 3 sees 'Doctor Who' challenge ideas about race in honour of Bill.
The third episode of 'Doctor Who' series 10 is coming this weekend, and with it some very serious themes regarding race and the 'whitewashing' of history. Previous episodes have already touched on LGBT issues and the dangers of technological advancements, but this could be the most important episode yet.
With the Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) latest companion being the mixed-race Bill (Pearl Mackie), she's raised some questions about how her race might affect how people treat her when they go back in time in the TARDIS in the next episode 'Thin Ice'. Of course, the Doctor's seen more race wars in the history of the universe than anyone, so we're sure he'll have some insightful comments to make on this subject.
Continue reading: Race Becomes An Important Theme For 'Doctor Who' Season 10
Moffat addressed the backlash directed against the new Doctor's assistant Pearl Mackie after she announced her character would be gay.
‘Doctor Who’ writer Steven Moffat has dismissed the controversy that greeted the recent news that the Timelord’s assistant will be a gay woman as “nonsense”, saying that the move was the “minimal level of representation” that TV should be making.
Cast newcomer Pearl Mackie, who is to play Bill Potts in the tenth series of the revived BBC sci-fi favourite later this month on April 15th, revealed earlier this week that her character will be the Doctor’s first openly gay companion.
However, addressing the backlash, the Guardian reports on Wednesday (April 5th) that he doesn’t understand “all the fuss” that was made after Mackie’s announcement.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Brushes Off Gay Assistant Backlash
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