The Impossible Girl’s time in the TARDIS is coming to an end. The official word from BBC is Jenna Coleman will depart Doctor Who at some point during the new season which kicks off tomorrow night.
From the BBC:
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.
If she makes it through this season, Coleman as Clara Oswald will be the Doctor’s longest running companion (by episode count) since the show’s resurgence. She first appeared in 2012’s Asylum of the Daleks as Oswin Oswald with her first encounter with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, and has been at Peter Capaldi’s side since he took over the role as the iconic British time traveling icon last year.
Rumors again surfaced this week Coleman was set to depart the show, this time to play the lead in ITV’s eight part mini-series about the young Queen Victoria. Deadline confirms she is set to play the role.
Coleman was actually written out of Doctor Who at the end of series eight, but ended up sticking around for a another season for “a whole other series of stories with the Doctor.”
Personally I’d love to see Ingrid Oliver’s UNIT scientist Osgood (who is set for a welcome resurrection after being killed off by Missy in Death In Heaven), get a run at being the Doctor’s companion.
It looks like the upcoming series, starting tomorrow night here on BBC America at 9 PM, just got a lot more interesting.