Jenna Coleman Leaving Doctor Who—Yes, the Rumors Are True This Time

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman to play young Queen Victoria.

Circumstances surrounding her departure are still secret but whatever happens, Clara’s off – but where does she stand in the grand scheme of things?Earlier this week, reports surfaced claiming that the actress would be leaving Who in order to play the titular role in the upcoming eight-part ITV drama Victoria. (As in, Queen.) ITV confirmed the casting news to the BBC on Friday, and Coleman herself confirmed her exit on BBC Radio 1 the same morning. She first appeared unannounced in the episode Asylum of the Daleks as a woman called Oswin Oswald who was unaware that she had become a Dalek. “It was emotional. Having made her first appearance on the long-running BBC series in 2012, Coleman said that her final days on set were “emotional,” but that her exit had “been in the works for a very long time.” She and creator Steven Moffat sat down “a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place to tell a really good story, so, hopefully that’s what we’ve done.

I think it’s really, really cool,” Coleman teased. “There’s not a lot of jobs where you can go to work and have a spaceship and an alien as your best mate and also run away from monsters,” she joked of her decision to leave. “It’s been so much fun. … I love it. It’s such a unique beast.” With her last scenes in the can, Coleman’s departure has not quite settled in: “I think I’m in denial,” she said. “I really don’t feel like I’ve left.

She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.” Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was the country’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on September 9 this year. I think because I see Peter [Capaldi, who plays Twelve] and I still see Matt [Smith, who played Eleven] all the time, I kind of believe I still have a key to the TARDIS … which I might do, ‘cause I stole it.

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. 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). Clara’s death would be the first time an assistant has perished since 1982, when Peter Davison’s Doctor lost his companion Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) in a spaceship crash.

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. According to The Sun, the show’s boss Steven Moffat said Clara would be travelling with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and their friend Rigsy to a secret world. Coleman gave no hints about when in the series she will leave – although the episode title The Girl Who Died sounds promising – or when we learn who will become the new companion. 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.

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