Doctor Who season 12 spoilers: Bill Potts to return in Jodie Whittaker Time Lord twist?

Doctor Who star, Pearl Mackie, won Whovian hearts across the world with her starring role as Bill Potts.

She was companion to Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor right up until his regeneration in 2017.

The lovable character was turned into an avatar-like person who went off to travel the world with her lover, Heather (Stephanie Hyam). 

However, it seems Pearl hasn’t quite let Bill go just yet, but has no immediate plans to return to the show just yet.

The actress recently caught up with Radio Times and discussed the possibility of going back to Doctor Who. 

She said: “I think I need more time, to be honest. I still feel quite close to Bill.

“I need to miss her before I want to play her again, you know?”

Pearl added: “I think I need to [do that] and find a way to add to her story before wanting to go back and play her again.”

What’s more, the 31-year-old actress said she was incredibly proud of her character and her time on Doctor Who.

Bill was a lesbian and proudly represented the LGBTQ+ world on screen in the science fiction show.

Pearl commented: “This has happened a few times subsequently, but I’ll always remember when a girl came up to me to say that she identified with Bill so much that it enabled her to come out to her family and without me she wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

Meanwhile, Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh are busy filming season 12 as the Doctor, Ryan, Yas and Graham, respectively. 

The BBC show is notoriously secretive about their upcoming storylines but they recently filmed in South Africa. 

Mandip said of the sunny location: “It’s great and very hot. I definitely can’t complain.”

Tosin added: “It’s sunny, no rain and show. It’s always great to film in a nice location.”

With the South African climate, it is thought that particular episode could feature an exotic alien land. 

And to back this up, earlier in the year CultBox suggested the TARDIS team were filming outside futuristic-looking buildings. 

Fans will have to wait until next year to see what delights await the Doctor and her friends.

Doctor Who season 12 will air on BBC One in 2020. 

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