BBC responds to rumours Doctor Who companion is leaving

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The BBC is addressing those whispers that brand new Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie is already leaving the series.

Pearl has yet to officially debut on-screen for the science fiction hit's tenth series, which will be the last for both the current Doctor Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat.

Although rumours have been running rampant throughout the week that Mackie will follow Capaldi and Moffat out the door later this year, the BBC insists that no decision has yet been made.

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A spokesperson for the Beeb told the Radio Times: "We never reveal the fate of individual characters on the show. Viewers will have to tune in to find out.

"We are still filming Series 10 and no casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11."

If Pearl Mackie does actually leave the series with her co-star and writer later in the year, it would provide a completely fresh start when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes the reigns for series 11.

Judging by the past, Moffat introduced both a new Doctor (Matt Smith) and new companions (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) when he took over as showrunner from Russell T Davies back in 2010.

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Pearl will make her debut as Bill Potts in Doctor Who's series premiere as the Doctor takes a job as a university lecturer while being temporarily trapped on earth.

Pearl confirmed that her character Bill is gay last week, saying: "It shouldn't be a big deal in the 21st Century. It's about time isn't it?"

Before we even think about saying goodbye to Bill, we have exciting encounters with the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, Missy (Michelle Gomez), and the classic Mondasian Cybermen to look forward to.

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Doctor Who returns with 'The Pilot' on Saturday, April 15 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Watch a trailer below:

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