Mandip Gill has addressed the future of Yaz on Doctor Who, emphasising that while she will be leaving at the same time as Jodie Whittaker, it might not be the absolute end.
This autumn, Jodie is set to make her final outing as the Time Lord before a new actor takes her place as the 14th Doctor.
Her final adventure will see her face familiar foes, including the Daleks, Cybermen and The Master, before she regenerates and takes on a new physical appearance.
Having previously teased that Yaz will also have an ‘emotional exit’ after four years on the BBC show, Mandip offered hope that fans might be saying goodbye to the loyal companion forever.
During an appearance on The One Show on Tuesday evening alongside Tom Felton, her co-star in 2:22 A Ghost Story on the West End, Mandip was asked by co-host Lauren Laverne: ‘It will be Jodie Whittaker’s final episode. Will it be yours?’
‘It will be mine,’ she confirmed, prompting audible gasps in the studio.
However, Mandip quickly backtracked slightly, reassuring everyone that there could be a chance for Yaz to return in some capacity.
‘Not forever, because who knows in the world of Doctor Who? It definitely comes to an end in that episode, but not forever… ‘cause who knows?’ she stated.
We’ll be holding onto that sliver of hope until it happens.
Speaking about her upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Mandip told Radio Times: ‘I think just like me, just like my character, there’ll be a lot of tears. But I loved where it ended up.’
She continued, saying that fans will realise that the direction of the story is ‘exactly where it should be going’.
There is much speculation over who will replace Jodie as the Doctor, with some theorising that David Tennant could even return to reprise the role, a prospect he dubbed ‘weird’.
Some questioned if James Corden’s announcement that he’s leaving The Late Late Show in the US could be linked to the sci-fi series, with one tweeting: ‘Corden is leaving The Late Late Show the same year Russell T Davies is coming back to Doctor Who…interesting.’
‘James Corden being the next Doctor as incredibly unlikely as it has still put the fear of God into me like genuinely,’ someone else quipped.
The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.