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Pearl Mackie was 'too rebellious' to watch Doctor Who

Pearl Mackie was 'too rebellious' to watch Doctor Who

Pearl Mackie didn't watch the rebooted 'Doctor Who' because she was going through a "rebellious phase".

The 29-year-old actress has been cast as the next companion of the Time Lord in the iconic sci-fi series - but has admitted she didn't follow the programme when it returned to the air in 2005.

Asked to name her favourite Doctor, Pearl explained: "I haven't got one. The thing is, it wasn't on when I was a kid."

And asked whether she watched the reboot, she said: "I was 15 or 16, and it wasn't my thing. I was going through my rebellious phase."

But since being cast alongside the Doctor, Pearl admitted she has become much more aware of the show's popularity.

She told the Guardian newspaper: "The other day, I was in my friend's shop just over there and this French guy comes in. I say, 'I don't work here, but someone will be with you in a minute.' He says, 'Non, non, non! You are Pearl Mackie, yes? Can I take your picture?'"

Pearl also offered an insight into what fans of the show can expect from her on-screen character, recalling the circumstances surrounding the day she was cast.

She shared: "I turned up in T-shirt, jeans and some yellow boots and I felt out of my depth. It was the Soho Hotel - so posh!

"I knew I could bring her to life. She's funny and geeky and vulnerable. There's a goofiness to her and a big heart. She gets things wrong, she has a temper. I thought, 'I know her. I could play her.'"