The BBC has confirmed earlier reports that Doctor Who co-star Jenna Coleman is, in fact, leaving the series. According to a blog post on the show’s official website, “Series 9 sees the Impossible Girl’s departure although the how, why and when are all questions we’ll have to watch the new adventures to find out.”
With the ninth series, Coleman’s Clara Oswald becomes the longest serving companion since the show was revived in 2005. She stared as the character for two-and-a-half series, the fiftieth anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, and as precursor versions of Clara in the 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, and the series 7 premiere, Asylum of the Daleks.
As series ten is in the hazy future, it’s far too early to speculate on her replacement — or, indeed, any details about the next series — but feel free to think of creative ways in which she might depart.
And just to throw this out there: only three companions in the show’s entire history have died on-screen.
After Doctor Who‘s return in 2005, it became tradition for at least one “Doctor Who actor quits series” rumor to circulate in the ramp-up to the premiere of the new season.
Which isn’t the craziest rumor to follow as constant cast turnaround is a featureof Doctor Who.
This year’s rumor concerns co-starJenna Coleman, again, and comes courtesy of The Daily Mirror, who reports the actress has landed a role as Queen Victoria in a new show on ITV and has, therefore, quit the series.
“She is thought to have already filmed her final scenes for the hit BBC1 show, and will bow out before the Christmas special,” they write.
I know more than a few fans, my Tread Who Perilously co-host Justin Robinson among them, who will be thrilled to be done with Coleman and her companion character, Clara Oswald. And, honestly, once the mystery of the impossible girl was solved, Clara did seem to be sort of aimless. Despite last year’s romance plot with Samuel Anderson‘s Danny Pink, her storyline lacked.
Of course, change is part of the series and companions usually last no more than two seasons on the revived program. Arriving in the second half of Matt Smith‘s final year, Clara will be longest running companion of the new series upon completion of the upcoming season, just edging out Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.
Whether or not she stays is something only time can tell, as it always does
When Doctor Who returns for its ninth series next week, it will see the return of two-part episodes; a format missing from the show between 2011 and last season’s finale. BBC America released this video of co-star Jenna Coleman and executive producer Steven Moffat discussing the format’s return:
Previously, perhaps in Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat suggested the two-part episodes would not be as connected as they had been in the past. Coleman’s comments make me wonder if, perhaps, he was being overly mysterious.
The cliffhanger is such an essential piece of Doctor Who storytelling that I find it strange one would act like it’s not a big part of the new year. Unless, maybe, they don’t do as well ratings-wise? In any event, we’ll see what form the two-parters will take when Doctor Whoreturns on Saturday, Sepetember 19th.