If I gave you three guesses as to who, in the entire 50-plus year history of ‘Doctor Who,’ has been the longest-running companion to appear in the series, would you guess Jenna Coleman’s character Clara Oswald? If so, then you are correct! Astoundingly, “The Impossible Girl” is the sidekick that has hung with the time-traveling Doctor the longest. Even though she left the series at the end of the ninth season of the “modern” era – and even though there is already a new companion in Pearl Mackie’s character, Bill, already shooting footage for the coming season – fans are still curious: will Clara ever be back?
Her storyline was a bit convoluted and some fans feel that she overstayed her time with The Doctor, but many of the ‘Doctor Who’ faithful took her I’m-leaving-but-not-really exit scene to be a sign that the character not only might return, but could do it sooner rather than later.
Collider recently had the opportunity to interview Coleman and, like any good pop-culture news site, they took the opportunity to task her about her time on ‘Doctor Who,’ particularly her farewell scene. Here’s what she coyly had to say:
“We had the exit in the works for so long…who knows, in the future. But I think, at least for a good while, Clara is probably broken down somewhere in time and space, trying to understand how to work a TARDIS with Ashildr/Maisie [Williams]. You don’t want to unpick it, in any way. Steven [Moffat] spoke about the exit for so long, and I think he did such a great job. From ‘Face the Raven’ to the finale of twists and turns, I couldn’t really ask for anything more. It’s been an incredible three series [seasons]. That was that unique time in my life, and that was amazing.”
While Coleman doesn’t specifically say yes, she doesn’t necessarily say no, either. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility for the character to return, although it seems that decision will be up to new showrunner Chris Chibnall, as Moffat has already announced that he is exiting his work on the show after this coming season.
For her part, Coleman speaks fondly of her time working on ‘Doctor Who,’ particularly about the singular nature of the experience of a long-running cult favorite:
“It’s such a different way of working. It’s such a unique show and a unique beast, in itself. Every two weeks is so, so different, and you’re playing that story with an over-arching character. It really is the relationships with Matt [Smith] and Peter [Capaldi] that made that job everything that it is, and what they taught me as actors. They’re so uniquely wonderful. They’re really amazing friends. I think I was lucky to have fallen into the hands of both of them, and they’re really good friends today. ‘Today’ being six months later [after her exit from the show].”
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