Quite early this morning, very early for us here in the U.S., Steven Moffat held a press conference at which he revealed who the new companion on Doctor Who would be. We’ve know for some time The Ponds would be making their exit this upcoming season and now we’ve met their replacememt.
Say “hello” to your new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman!
Wow. She’s pretty! And not that I’m saying past companions haven’t been but she’s got some kind of real celebrity glamour going on here. Also, who is she!? The rumors were she’d be a well known actress, in England anyway, but for us in the States? Yeah, I got nothing.
Some quick researching informs me Coleman has been on the British television series, Emmerdale and Waterloo Road, she played a bit part in Captain America: The First Avenger, and she can be seen in the upcoming ITV1 mini-series, Titanic. So there, she’s not knew to this whole acting biz, and besides, if Moffat’s chosen her you gotta have faith, right?
Here’s what Coleman had to say about what will likely be a career-making role,
I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.
Of course you’re excited, dearie. You’re getting one of the best acting gigs that side of the pond!
Moffat spoke a little about the casting and how we can expect to meet our new companion,
It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS.
It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.
Argh! Damn you Moffat and how you tease us!
But in the midst of all this celebration there was some sad news as well. Both the Twitter accounts for BBC America and Doctor Who were live-tweeting the press conference and here’s what Moffat had to say about The Ponds’ exit,
Steven Moffat: “Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter w/ the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive & I mean it this time”
— BBC AMERICA (@BBCAMERICA) March 21, 2012
Oh no, not the Weeping Angels again. And someone dies!?! This is going to be too much to handle, I can already feel a wave of depression sweeping over me. So, who’s gonna die? Amy? Rory? Some inconsequential character we haven’t met yet? Ugh, I fear it’ll be Amy. But change is a major theme for Doctor Who and with every new companion, and Doctor, there comes a period of adjustment followed by eventual acceptance. I can’t imagine it’ll be any different this time. Also reported on Twitter was the news of when we’ll first meet Coleman’s character,
There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas. — Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 21, 2012
Only six episodes! I mean, yeah, we knew this season was getting split but six sounds like too few, especially after waiting a whole year! It also sounds like once we’re passed the tragic loss of The Ponds we’ll move straight into the Christmas episode. Change sure does comes quickly in the TARDIS.
So what do you think of all this Who news? New companion, confirmed exit for The Ponds, season split six and eight, a heartbreaking death! Still no news about the 50th anniversary special, but with Coleman being the companion for that important milestone I can only imagine what kind of role she’ll be playing.
UPDATE! Here’s a video interview with Coleman about her new role,
All right, she’s completely charming and adorable. Can’t wait to see her interacting with Matt Smith! And now I’m even more interested as to what kind of companion she’ll be playing.