WARNING: Spoilers, Sweetie, are included!
After years of speculation and rumors that she would be leaving ‘Doctor Who’, Jenna Coleman has confirmed the recent reports that she has traveled with the Doctor for the last time. Earlier this week, we learned that the current companion Clara Oswald would wrap up her duties on the TARDIS and move on to star in ITV’s upcoming mini-series about the early life of Queen Victoria titled ‘Victoria’. Now, the actress has made the news official.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Coleman revealed that she has already shot her last scenes as the Impossible Girl. Though she wouldn’t go too in depth with details, she does tease that her character will go out in a big way:
“It’s been in the works for a very long time. Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story. We’re not going to give any details, but it will happen at some point this season. We worked out a really good story arc out, so hopefully people will love it.”
Previously, Coleman was actually gearing up to leave after last year’s ‘Death In Heaven’ episode, but Moffat went to extra lengths to keep her around. From there, she went on to appear in the Christmas special and (presumably) the rest of this season, which she seemed to enjoy very much:
“There are not a lot of jobs where you get to have an alien as your best mate and get to run away from monster. It’s been so much fun, I love it. It’s such a unique beast. It’s been really special. I think I’m in denial. I see Peter [Capaldi] all the time and I still see Matt [Smith] all the time, so I kind of believe I still have a key to the TARDIS – which I might do, because I kind of stole it. And I stole some other bits and pieces!”
Making her first appearance on the long-running British sci-fi series during the season seven premiere ‘Asylum of the Daleks’, Coleman’s Clara has become the longest serving companion on the show since it was revived in 2005. She has also become an integral part of the Doctor’s timeline as seen in the season seven finale ‘The Name of the Doctor’. But this importance might come into play when the time comes for her to take her final bow.
According to The Mirror, Clara Oswald will earn another distinction before her run is over: First companion to be killed off on the show since 1982. They site a recent tease from Moffat for the upcoming episode titled ‘Fear The Raven’, which will see the return of Jovian Wade as graffiti artist Rigsy. In talking about the season’s penultimate installment, the showrunner shared that “not all of them will get out alive. One of the three intruders must face the raven.” He also calls it “the most experimental episode ‘Doctor Who’ has ever made.” If this were indeed Clara’s exit from the series, then it would leave the Doctor reeling. There’s even some speculation that this could be the event that turns the Time Lord into the Valeyard, a character from classic ‘Who’ that is described as an amalgamation of the Doctor’s darker sides between his twelfth and final incarnations.
Adventures to last me a lifetime. Thank you @bbcdoctorwho. But as they say ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’
— Jenna Coleman (@Jenna_Coleman_) September 18, 2015
But at the end of the day, we still get Clara Oswald for a little while longer, as Coleman herself points out in the tweet above that was posted immediately after her interview on Friday morning. So until her time comes, let us know how you feel about the companion’s departure from ‘Doctor Who’ this season. Will you miss seeing Jenna Coleman alongside Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor? Do you have any favorite Clara moments from her run on the TARDIS? Or are you happy to see the character go? Sound off in the comments below.