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The companion to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie’s Bill Potts may be coming back to the show – accompanying a different Doctor this time. The former Doctor Who star has recently spoken about her role on the hit BBC sci-fi show and teased a possible return. 

The actress confirmed that four years after her departure from the series, she would be keen to bring Bill back to life in the Whoniverse for new adventures.

“It’s definitely not something I’ve ruled out,” she said in a recent interview. 

“It was a couple of years ago I was on Doctor Who but I do still feel really close to Bill and I do feel like she’s still very much part of me,” said Mackie. 

“And I feel like I’d sort of have to miss her before going back to her again, or if there was an amazing story that was written about her and her experiences and meeting another Doctor,” she added.

“But it’s such a great show and I would be crazy to say no,” she told

As fans have rediscovered their love for the show over the lockdowns, they have reached out to Mackie to express their appreciation. 

“I had loads of tweets and Instagram messages following those watch-alongs of people saying like, ‘Yeah I’m watching the whole thing again and I’m just remembering how much I love it.’ 

“And I think it’s so nice that people can do that!” she said.

Bill wouldn’t be the first companion to make a return to the drama after their run came to an end. 

River Song (played by Alex Kingston) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) have both previously returned in one-off or online episodes or in Big Finish audio stories.

There are several ways in which Bill could make a comeback. 

Mackie already reprised Bill in a brief vocal appearance in a lockdown special written by Steven Moffat last year, in which she and the Twelfth Doctor’s other companion Nardole (Matt Lucas) received their official send-off. 

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In another interview with Digital Spy, Mackie also mentioned how the role of Bill has touched many viewers in the LGBT community, as the first openly gay companion on the show. 

“I’ve met a lot of people to whom Bill was a huge catalyst in enabling them to come out to their families,” said the actress. “Which is something that you never really think as an actor you ever have any kind of impact on someone’s life on that scale.”

“It is phenomenal the amount of people who have told me that without Bill they wouldn’t have been able to come out to their family.”

Mackie’s next role will be in LGBTQ+ horror audio series Sour Hall. 

Jodie Whittaker’s time on the series is also running out as she recently announced she will be departing the role of the Thirteenth Doctor at the end of the upcoming series. 

Her replacement has not been announced yet but many names have been rumoured including Kris Marshall, Michaela Coel, Richard Ayoade and Michael Sheen. 

Some fans, however, believe to have already figured out who the next doctor will be as part of a theory that would see Jo Martin’s character of the Fugitive Doctor be revealed at the Fourteenth regeneration. 

Doctor Who returns to BBC One later in the year.

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