Friday, 18 September 2015

Jenna Coleman to leave Doctor Who

It has been officially confirmed that Jenna Coleman, who plays companion Clara Oswald, is to leave Doctor Who during the new series which begins tomorrow, Saturday 19 September.

Speaking to presenter Nick Grimshaw on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning, Coleman said, "I've left the TARDIS, it's happened. I've filmed my last scenes," before going on to say that her departure would occur "at some point this season".

"It's been in the works for a very long time," the actress continued, "Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story. We worked a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it."

Coleman's first contribution to the programme was a surprise appearance in 2012's Asylum of the Daleks, playing Oswin Oswald - who turned out to be a 'splinter' of the original Clara. Subsequently, Coleman made her first regular appearance in that year's Christmas Special The Snowmen, becoming a fully-fledged companion in the following episode, The Bells of Saint John. The actress stayed with the show following the departure of Matt Smith and has featured in all of Peter Capaldi's episodes to date.

The exact timing and circumstances of the character's exit are being kept very much under wraps, however Coleman has already secured her next major role. The 29-year-old is to play a young Queen Victoria in the new eight-part ITV drama Victoria, the broadcaster has announced this morning.

Sources: BBC
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