The BBC has now officially confirmed the now almost annually expected rumor that Jenna Coleman was leaving Doctor Who. Once Doctor Who Series 9 airs Coleman will be the longest running Companion since Doctor Who returned to television in 2005. What does the BBC have to say about her departure and how exactly will she be leaving the show, will it be a fond wave goodbye or some tragic, grisly death on a planet we’ve never heard of?
Here’s the BBC official statement posted on their website:
It’s been officially confirmed that Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, will leave Doctor Who during the new series which starts tomorrow, Saturday 19 September.
However, it’s not been revealed exactly when Clara leaves and the question many are already asking is how will she part company with the Doctor?
Jenna Coleman made her Doctor Who debut on 1 September, 2012 as Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks. She returned on Christmas Day of that year, playing Clara and remained with the Eleventh Doctor from the following episode, The Bells of Saint John, onwards. She stayed on board the TARDIS for all of Peter Capaldi’s episodes to date and after filming for the last series finished, Peter commented, ‘Jenna has been absolutely brilliant. I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion.’
But Series 9 sees the Impossible Girl’s departure although the how, why and when are all questions we’ll have to watch the new adventures to find out…
Whatever happens, we’ll bring you the inside info first but for the time being we’ll prepare to say goodbye to Clara and good luck to Jenna. We’ll miss them both.
Well, that doesn’t tell us much does it? Now our speculation can turn to how and why Clara leaves the show along with who might replace her? Will it be another female companion or perhaps this time we’ll get a guy in there.
*Bonus points for those of you that can name the three companions that have actually died on-screen in Doctor Who.