Just in case you were wondering what the next role for Pearl Mackie was going to be following her time on Doctor Who, she is heading to the stage!
Starting in January, Mackie is going to be heading to the West End for a role in The Birthday Party alongside Toby Jones, which is an opportunity for her to flex some theater muscles and do something entirely different almost immediately after being Bill Potts on the series. She was a companion for a much shorter period of time than the average companion these days, but that’s not really due to anything that she did. Instead, it’s just more of an indictment on the fact that her boss in Steven Moffat is departing and the plan is for new boss Chris Chibnall to start fresh. He’s already selected his new Doctor in Jodie Whittaker, and while it may not be 100% confirmed, all indications at the moment suggest that actor Bradley Walsh is going to be responsible for being the new companion.
Mackie, ultimately, will be just fine, and we feel as though she’s going to now reap the beneifts of her job much in the way way that both Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan have following their time as companions. You can also make the case that being The Doctor is an enormous aid to an actor’s career, given that Matt Smith is now on The Crown while David Tennant has done Broadchurch, Jessica Jones, and a wide array of other things.
In speaking in a new interview with the BBC, Mackie does make it clear that being a part of this show has offered her up a wide array of opportunities, some of which she never thought that she would have:
“One of the incredible things about being part of such an incredible show as Doctor Who is it does open so many doors. The things that I’ve been looking at have been very wide ranging on many levels.”
One thing to celebrate with Pearl Mackie
Her time with the Doctor Who franchise is now officially done just yet, given that you are going to have any great opportunities to see her during the upcoming Christmas Special. This episode marks the formal farewell for both her and co-star Peter Capaldi, but we do also feel as though anything’s possible when it comes to future cameos. One of the great things about this show is that people never completely leave. In one way or another they remain, so we’ll have opportunities to see them again if Chibnall finds a way to tell some cool stories for them. Even if there are obvious and significant changes coming to the show, we also don’t foresee that Chris is going to come on board and completely reinvent things as we know them to where nobody can ever show up again.
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