Mar 21 2012 11:20am

New Doctor Who Companion is Jenna-Louise Coleman

BBC and Steven Moffat have made it official: The Doctor will have a new companion in the next season of Doctor Who. And that actor has a name: Jenna Louise Coleman! 

At 25, Coleman’s previous credits include Emmerdale, Captain America: The First Avenger, and the forthcoming Julian Fellowess Titanic mini-series. According to Moffat, Amy and Rory will stop appearing on the show after the fifth episode of the new series.

Of Coleman, Moffat had this to say:

“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.”

Coleman hasn’t started filming yet and released this statement:

“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.”

SPOILERS AHEAD. Seriously, don’t even look below this.

No word yet on the character’s name, but Moffat also informed the crowd at the press launch that the next season of Doctor Who will air its first five episodes in fall of 2012 before taking a break. The couple’s departure comes in the fifth episode:

“Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in episode 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.”

This will be followed by the Christmas episode and Jenna Louise Coleman’s debut. From Moffat:

“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.”

The Christmas special will be followed by the remaining eight episodes of season seven in 2013. Other tidbits include:

  • Season seven is all standalone episodes, although there is an overall arc.
  • Lots of news monsters. [Edit: Yeah, we made a typo. But it’s too hilarious to fix so we’re leaving it. News monster!)
  • We will see Daleks again. Soon.
  • And River Song, for that matter. (This was not confirmed at the press launch but has been hinted by Moffat previously.)

And the Doctor Who speculation train is off once again! It’s been a while!

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of and is also looking for a new companion. Must be clean, well-adjusted, and fine with flying too close to black holes.

Cameron Tucker
1. Loialson
A Pond dies?! Again! Blood and bloody Ashes....
Binyamin Weinreich
2. Imitorar
Moffat loves killing characters, but he also loves twisting time to bring them back. He's done it, what, three or four times now? I'm fairly confident that even if someone dies in the episode, it'll work out to a happy ending somehow. I mean, he also assured us that the Doctor was really going to die, and look how that ended up.

At least, that's what I'm going to be telling myself for the next 6 months or so.
Tara Mitchell
3. Jaxicat
I keep wondering about what happened to Jenny in the episode, "The Doctor's Daughter." Maybe this new companion could be her.
Rancho Unicorno
4. Rancho Unicorno
Is it just me, or does Moffat seem a bit obsessed with the whole Very Special Episode method? It feels like every episode/arc has an awful traumatic backstory or plot, but by the time we get to the end, everything is wrapped up fairly neatly. I'm fine with the generally neat endings, classic Who held that ideal as well. But at the same time, as Imitorar mentions, major cast members weren't constantly dying and then coming back to life.

As much as it pains me to say this, RTD really did have a better feel for what made DW tick. Even with the over-the-top irritating Rose relationship and Martha pining.
Rancho Unicorno
5. Jeff R.
I'm going to call this as "Amy and Rory end up visiting their own far-future deathbeds and/or funerals"...

And, just to cover another odd-ball base, the new companion is a future regeneration of the Doctor himself.
Rancho Unicorno
6. AlBrown
Other than her brief appearance in Captain America, I have never seen Ms. Coleman on film, but she looks to be a good choice--a perky young companion to go with a perky young Doctor.
I am, however, rather tired of this hype for BIG HUGE MOVIE STYLE DRAMA promised for every episode, along the the SOMEONE REALLY (NO REALLY, THEY DO, NOT LIKE THE OTHER TIMES) DIES THIS TIME hype. Just tell a good story. And you don't need to throw everything but the kitchen sink into an episode to tell a good story. (Seriously, I enjoyed "The Wedding of River Song" but just count some of the things thrown at us in that episode: Winston Churchill, retro trains, pterodactyls, Charles Dickens, Romans, the end of the universe, flying cars, Area 51, pyramids, talking heads, death match chess games, heck, there probably WAS a kitchen sink in there somewhere.)
Rancho Unicorno
7. Matt D
I agree, Rancho & AlBrown. This urge to continually top themselves is a mistake. It doesn't all have to be about the Doctor's backstory, or him getting married, or someone dying "for real this time", arcs that take up more and more of the season, with the entire universe, nay TIME ITSELF hanging in the balance.

And no, RTD was not immune- every season finale he did was bigger and sillier than the previous one.

And what was wrong with the sendoff Amy and Rory already got towards the end of last season? I thought it was wonderfully handled, and different from most companion departures (I'm being deliberately vague here.)

(On the other hand, they're going to focus on the most dramatic events when they tease the audience like this. But the season is standalone episodes with an arc, so already it sounds like a more "normal" season than last year's. Hoping for the best.)
Rancho Unicorno
8. Shellywb
Is anyone else tired of the spunky British female sidekick? How about some variety? What about an alien? Or if the makeup would be a pain and it has to be human, maybe a guy from Argentina, or a kid from Japan?

Sometimes I miss the older episodes.

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