Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie is vying to be Bond

Laurence Mozafari
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From Digital Spy

Ever since Daniel Craig began grumbling about not enjoying being James Bond and wanting to avoid more of it, speculation has been rife about who could fill the tuxedo.

Now Doctor Who's latest companion Pearl Mackie, who plays Bill Potts, has jokingly thrown her Walther PPK into the gambling ring surrounded by evil men in eyepatches stroking cats… in other words, she might be keen.

Speaking to Digital Spy along with other news outlets, Pearl said: "I'd quite like to play James Bond. 'James' not 'Jane' – if I can be called Bill, I can be called James!"

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We think she has a good point on the name front, but sadly it seems Pearl was merely joking about taking up the famous role.

The 29-year-old is set to debut this weekend in Doctor Who's latest series, which will be the last for both the Time Lord himself, Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffatt.

It's also been confirmed that Bill will be the series' first openly gay companion – something that Moffat says has been "too long coming".

Other names in the running to be the next James Bond have included Idris Elba (who's ruled himself out of the running on numerous occasions), Poldark's Aidan Turner (who became suspiciously frustrated when Digital Spy quizzed him about it), and of course, Tom Hiddleston.

X-Files legend Gillian Anderson has also been touted for the role, but as far as we know at the moment, Daniel Craig is still mulling over whether he'll appear in the follow up to 2015's Spectre.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One for its new series this Saturday (April 15) at 7.20pm.

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