Pearl Mackie pays touching tribute to Peter Capaldi

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From Digital Spy

Doctor Who might've gained a new companion, but it's losing a Doctor – with Peter Capaldi leaving the BBC series this Christmas.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, actress Pearl Mackie – who will make her debut on the show this Saturday as Bill Potts – paid a touching tribute to her departing co-star.

"Peter's been wonderful to work with," she said. "He's been such a lovely guiding light through it all, really. So yeah, obviously, it's very, very sad that he's leaving - he's such a wonderful Doctor."

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Mackie enthused that the way Capaldi's Time Lord and her character work together is "wonderful and very unique."

"It's something that I will always be grateful for. He's such a great talent and such a lovely man, it's been wonderful to work with him. So I just feel lucky that I got that opportunity."

There's a whole heap of speculation as to who might step into Capaldi's shoes, but Mackie wouldn't be drawn on who she thought might make a suitable replacement.

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"I'm sure whoever they find is going to be fantastic," she told us.

One name apparently taking themselves out of the running is ex-Game of Thrones star Richard Madden – though he's a bookies' favourite, Madden told us that he's only interested in watching Doctor Who, not taking the lead.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One this Saturday at 7.20pm, kicking off one last series of adventures for Capaldi's Doctor.

Series 10 will see the Doctor, Bill (Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) pitted against the Ice Warriors, the Mondasian Cybermen and two different versions of The Master, with John Simm returning to team up with Missy (Michelle Gomez).

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