As the Doctor Who World Tour wraps up this morning in Rio de Janerio Brazil, fans are set for the premiere of season eight this Saturday. Even before this season begins rumors are starting to surface that current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) time on the show might be coming to an end. What’s it all about?
The UK Mirror reported over the weekend that their unnamed Doctor Who source says that:
The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.
By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.
When asked whose decision this was, Coleman’s or Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffatt, the source said:
It was very much a mutual decision.
It’s important to keep the series moving and fast-paced, and the time is just starting to feel right and the feeling is that it could be a perfect Christmas storyline.
It’s not like long time Doctor Who fans haven’t seen this coming. Doctor Who changes companions more often than a Square Dancing competition. It’s one of the great aspects of the show that keeps is fresh. There have been almost 60 companions in the series since 1963 although that number is really up for debate. Check out any Doctor Who forum page and you’ll find threads arguing about who is and who isn’t a companion.
If the timing of this rumor if correct, would make it a two-year run for Coleman as the Doctor’s number one companion. How does that stack up against other Doctor Who companions?
Number of consecutive episodes: Jamie (117)
Number of consecutive serials: Amelia Pond (34)
Consecutive years: Sarah Jane Smith and Tegan (4), or Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (8)
Consecutive seasons: Sarah Jane Smith and Tegan (4), or Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (9)
Longest time between first/last (without spinoffs): Sarah Jane Smith (1973-2010)
There again you’ll have plenty to argue about, who is or isn’t a companion, how you count appearances, etc. If you really want to stir the mix, bring up that 2001 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife. That episode let us know that the TARDIS was sentient and perhaps should be considered a Doctor Who companion. That will get your forum post hopping.
So it looks like we’ll see Clara cope with the change in the Doctor from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi in season eight, eventually finding some balance and then leaving the show during the Christmas special. The burning question for me is how she’ll leave the show. Clara has often died to protect the Doctor. Will her last act on the show be saving the Doctor just one more time?
Via: UK Mirror