Jenna Coleman confirms Doctor Who exit

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Doctor Who season 9: everything you need to know.

The 29-year-old actress is also known as Clara Oswald, the companion to former Doctor Who Matt Smith and current Doctor Peter Capaldi, the 11th and 12th iterations of the lead character in the long-running British science fiction series. CAMBRIDGE, England — Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara in sci-fi show “Doctor Who,” has confirmed that she is leaving the series, and will be starring as a young Queen Victoria in a £10 million ($15.7 million) television production for ITV.We know from the BBC’s Mission Dalek digital initiative that our old chum is nowhere to be found, and now we get an inkling of what he’s been up to.

Circumstances surrounding her departure are still secret but whatever happens, Clara’s off – but where does she stand in the grand scheme of things? Coleman told BBC radio host Nick Grimshaw on Friday that she would depart “Doctor Who” sometime during the forthcoming ninth season, which starts to air in the U.K. on Saturday. The first episode is called The Magician’s Apprentice and it’s written by showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald – who also helmed the skin-crawling 2007 episode Blink. Stalked across space by a mysterious acquaintance, the recently released prologue finds him him hiding out with the Sisterhood of Karn, protectors of a sacred flame that holds the elixir of life. He gives Clare Higgins, returning as Ohila, what looks like the “Confession Dial” that the trailer shows us ends up with Missy, adding yet greater portent to Ohila’s warning: “Anyone can hide from an enemy, Doctor.

Peter Capaldi told us earlier this month, “For those who are nostalgic [about] the Daleks of the Sixties, there are some special surprises in store…” Later episodes will see the return of the Zygons, alongside Vikings, robots, a wave of subaquatic ghosts and several as-yet unnamed rubber monstrosities. No one from a friend.” We last saw the Sisterhood in the 50th anniversary webisode The Night of the Doctor, and first of all in 1976’s The Brain of Morbius. I’ve filmed my last scenes.” Coleman, who has been in the show since 2012, said: “There’s not a lot of jobs where you get to go to work and have an alien as your best mate and get to run away from monsters… it’s been really special.

According to a first-look (spoiler-free) review by Telegraph critic Catherine Gee, one creepy new villain “resembles a cross between the Harry Potter and Star Wars costume departments”. I did get emotional.” Eight-part drama miniseries “Victoria” follows Victoria’s early life, from her ascension to the throne at the age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Price Albert.

Oswin’s cryptic last words to the Doctor would only be explained later, when the mystery surrounding the Impossible Girl was revealed for what it was. The opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar finds them front and centre. “And so many of them!” a gleeful Capaldi told the Guardian on set recently. “Having a whole pile of them in the room [rather than CGI] was great and very mobile. As the Great Intelligence sabotages the Doctor’s existence, it’s left to Clara to save the day, fracturing into thousands of different Claras all across the time stream (and, in the process, getting through more costumes than Madonna managed in Evita). I love the difference in relationships, so unlikely but also similar, charming and somewhat unlikely.” For those of you not up on the BBC series created by Toronto-born Sydney Newman in 1963 — or who can’t get beyond the fact that the Doctor travels in a phone booth and the villains (Daleks) often look like giant salt shakers — a primer: The doctor is a time lord, who travels through space and time accompanied over the years by a companion who acts as a kind of narrative foil. Coleman told Grimshaw: “I need to learn to ride a horse, waltz, play Beethoven.” “It’s really fun; it’s like bootcamp.” Victoria was “a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman,” Coleman said. “Victoria” will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of “Poldark” and “Endeavour,” and is created and written by novelist Daisy Goodwin in her screenwriting debut.

Divested of this huge burden, a recovered Clara is free to just be a companion – unfortunately a few things happened in series eight that made me like her less. Previous Master John Simm was a tough act to follow, but Gomez is the perfect sparring partner for Capaldi. “The Master’s always been the Doctor by other means,” Steven Moffat told Doctor Who magazine. “The one tiny difference is… she’s insane!” Surprisingly, it’s her relationship with Clara that comes to the fore in this season. Some of her teaching decisions were questionable, and the newfound ‘darker’ side to her personality – in which she slapped the Doctor at every opportunity – made me uncomfortable.

There is something not quite right about it that makes for slightly unnerving viewing.” Several familiar faces pop up, including Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, head of secret government agency UNIT. After the events of Last Christmas, the pair of them will be lightening up. “It was necessary to take them through a difficult period,” Steven Moffat has said. “You change one of them so radically, I didn’t feel it was right or proper or interesting, or credible to make them an instant, perfect team. Truth be told, Clara’s at her most fun when she’s just wandering around with the Doctor, firing off the one-liners. ‘Human souls, trapped like flies in the World Wide Web,’ explains the Doctor of the problem they’re facing in The Bells of Saint John. ‘Stuck forever, crying out for help.’ To which Clara responds ‘Isn’t that basically Twitter?’ I was lobbying for this as far back as June last year, but it really is time we had someone die properly, where death means dying tragically, rather than getting transported to a parallel universe or having your memory wiped.

I think they’re having a brilliant time – they’re really, really excited about the idea of adventure and are pointing themselves in that direction.” Which is not say anyone should get too comfortable. “Of course, because it’s Doctor Who, not just in terms of the dangers that they will encounter, you can’t have a good time for too long. Her character is so popular that Clara Oswald-costumed characters now abound at comic book conventions, and Coleman gets everything from fan art to handmade jewelry.

You’ll have to pay for it somewhere down the line.” “I think he’s moving,” says Capaldi. “What I find interesting about what we’re doing is he’s still looking for himself. She hasn’t been brought back from the dead, but with time travel anything is possible… Expect a whole raft of cameos, including two Game-of-Throners (Maisie Williams and Paul Kaye) and Rufus Hound. Writer Mark Gatiss is reunited with his League of Gentlemen chum Reece Shearsmith, while Peter Capaldi will share a screen with Rebecca Front for the first time since The Thick of It. But in this incarnation he is, I think, sometimes prone to … he’s wiser than he often says.” “He knows that things can often end in great distress.

As she quipped on Facebook: “Now to sit back and wait until The Mail realises the BBC have cast an open trans lesbian in a family show.” After months and months of rumours and speculation, yes, this time companion Clara is really leaving. But it doesn’t mean he doesn’t know that darkness will fall.” With Michelle Gomez’s bananas take on the Master being, by some chalk, the most successful element last year, it’s no surprise that they’ve brought her back at the earliest opportunity.

And it sounds as if she’s going to be a more regular part of the furniture going forward. “Michelle’s fabulous,” says Capaldi. “The mechanics of that story are quite different. Her perspective is much different now.” “They kind of highly disagree and love each other at the same time,” says Coleman. “Clara isn’t afraid to slap him and bring him to his senses. Following on from series eight’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (great title, plodding execution – think Snakes on a Plane), The Girl Who Died promises “Vikings on a spaceship”.

Because, after 10 years, the 45-minute story-of-the-week was becoming a little bit comfy; you knew that at around 33 minutes, the hero music will kick in and the running will start. Episode 10, Sleep No More, from Mark Gatiss, takes the form of a Blair Witch style “found footage” piece that most likely won’t even feature opening credits.

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