Jenna-Louise Coleman has been revealed as the Doctor’s new companion in Doctor Who.
The 25-year old actress will begin filming in May, though her debut won’t air until Christmas, taking over from Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams, who leave in episode 5 of the next series.
… And that’s all we know about Jenna’s appearance on the show! We have yet to find out her character’s name, what time period she comes from – and if she’s even human.
Showrunner, Steven Moffat said:
“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.”
Jenna, who has previously appeared in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road, will, of course, be the Doctor’s companion at the time of the show’s 50th anniversary in November 2013. She said:
“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.”
The critics are already milling about – she says she has banned herself from Google – but I remain very positive about her, despite the fact I’ll really miss Karen and Arthur.
You can see what Kasterborous editor, Christian Cawley and regular contributor, James McLean, think about Jenna in their 15-minute ‘ReaktionKast’ here:
… Although I’m really shocked neither remembered that sole Dalek in The Wedding of River Song. (Check out the regular “PodKast with a K” on Kasterborous.)
I was impressed with her performance in Waterloo Road, and think she’ll be fantastic in the TARDIS. But she’d better practice her running…
Rumour had it that Sophia Myles (who has previously appeared in the series as Madame de Pompadour in The Girl in the Fireplace) would take on the mantle of new companion, but it might’ve stretched credibility a bit too much.
You can see Jenna in ITV’s Titanic.