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Pearl Mackie: Twice Upon a Time is ‘pretty epic’

Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie has described this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, as ‘pretty epic’.

The actress, who will be leaving her role as companion Bill Potts during the special, was speaking in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out today.

Commenting on Bill’s final adventure, Mackie told the magazine:

“It is, yeah. It’s pretty epic.

“I think it’s going to be quite emotional. It’s definitely going to tug on some heartstrings, for sure. It was quite emotional at the end of Series 10, to be honest, but this is something else.

“There are a lot of ups and downs for the Doctor, and it’s quite a journey for him. It’s going to be interesting to see how people respond.”

Also departing the show following the Christmas special is showrunner Steven Moffat, who penned the episode – although he revealed to DWM that Bill wasn’t originally slated to appear in the special:

“I was 20 pages in to the script, and I thought, ‘I need Bill here. There isn’t a witness for this. The Captain [played by Mark Gatiss] isn’t quite right as the witness. I want to hear what Bill would say.’ I needed that voice back in the show. I just did.

“I missed her terribly. I missed the way Bill reacted to things. Also, if the Twelfth Doctor’s got someone as forthright and irreverent as Bill, you really want the First Doctor to meet her! [Laughs]”

Moffat also reflected on the closing moments of Twice Upon a Time, which will see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) regenerate into a new incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker:

“I must be honest, everyone’s watching for the last minute, and people are going to absolutely love Jodie. Then they’ll notice that, at the same time, they miss Peter, but it’s not like it’ll be a grieving process. Or rather, with a new Doctor, it’s always grieving and falling in love simultaneously.”

As well as exclusive interviews with Moffat, Mackie, Twice Upon a Time guest star Mark Gatiss and a preview of the upcoming Christmas special, this month’s festive edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
  • Earl Cameron: Actor Earl Cameron – 100 years old this year! – recalls playing astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet.
  • Phillip Hinchcliffe: The legendary Doctor Who producer explains how the series’ feature-length omnibus repeats were created in the 1970s.
  • Paddy Russell: A tribute to the late Paddy Russell, Doctor Who‘s first female director and one of British television’s pioneers.
  • Inside ShadaThe team behind the new version of Shada reveal how Douglas Adams’ ‘lost’ 1979 story was finally completed.
  • Daniel Hill and Olivia Bazalgette: Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette tell DWM how the filming of Shada marked the beginning of their long relationship.
  • Shada on location: Memories of the making of Shada from special effects assistant Steve Cambden, along with rare and previously unseen images from the 1979 location shoot.
  • The Fact of Fiction: This issue’s festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
  • The Phantom Piper: Part Two of the Doctor and Bill’s latest comic strip adventure, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

Doctor Who Magazine #520 is out from today, priced £5.99.

Twice Upon a Time airs on Christmas Day at 5:30pm on BBC One and at 9/8c on BBC America.

[Source: Doctor Who/Doctor Who Magazine]