Rumor of the Day: Doctor Who companion Bill to leave with Peter Capaldi

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Apr 3, 2017, 10:40 PM EDT

Pearl Mackie’s first openly gay Doctor Who companion, Bill Potts, has yet to make her debut alongside Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, but rumors of her departure are already making the rounds.

As you guys know, Season 10 will see current showrunner Steven Moffat and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi leave the BBC series behind as Moffat hands the TARDIS keys over to Broadchurch showrunner and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

According to The Sun (so please take this news with the appropriate dose of salt), Mackie will leave the series at the same time as Capaldi. The site claims sources have told them: “Bosses have decided to have a completely fresh start. It’s yet to be formally decided but it makes sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor and his companion.”

Here's what a BBC spokesperson told The Sun as to the possibility that Mackie will leave the show when Chibnall takes over: “We never reveal the fate of individual characters on the show; viewers will have to tune in to find out. We are still filming Series 10 and no casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11.”

So basically, they're keeping mum. Totally not surprising.

Having a new Doctor, companion and showrunner in one fell swoop wouldn’t be a first. It happened when Moffat replaced Russell T Davies as showrunner in 2010, with David Tennant’s 10th Doctor regenerating into Matt Smith’s 11th, and Karen Gillan taking over official companion duties from Catherine Tate.

Do you guys believe Pearl Mackie -- like Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate before her -- will stick around as Bill for only one season? Doctor Who returns April 15 on BBC One, BBC America and Space.

(via The Sun)