As we get ever closer to the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, speculation continues to mount over which faces from the past might show up to cameo in the specials.


We already know that David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King, Karl Collins and Bernard Cribbins will all be reprising their roles, but could other previous companions, friends, adversaries or Doctors show up?

Well, one former companion star who appears to have ruled herself out (for now) is Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts in season 10 opposite Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.

Speaking with and other press ahead of her new ITVX drama series Tom Jones, Mackie was asked about her involvement in the 60th anniversary, and said: "I am not involved at all, as far as today."

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie in Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie in Doctor Who. BBC

This news will likely come as a blow to fans of Mackie's character, but the star still has a great deal of affection for the long-running sci-fi show.

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She said of her time on Doctor Who: "I look back on it with great fondness. It was such a wonderful experience, it's such a well-loved show. It will be something that I remember and keep very close to my heart for forever, really. And in career terms, it was an amazing opportunity.

"I can't wait to watch the 60th episodes. I think it's going to be fantastic, so I'm really excited to see what they do."

Fans of Mackie will next see her in Tom Jones, a period drama series based on the classic novel of the same name which will land on ITVX on 4th May 2023.

In the series, she plays Honour, maid to Sophia Weston, a wealthy heiress who the central character Tom falls in love with but is forbidden to be with.

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