Nothing lasts forever, especially on a cyclical show like ‘Doctor Who’ but that doesn’t make goodbyes any less heartbreaking. Companion actor Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, announced that she was leaving the hit show this season, so it was no surprise when the time for her departure. Coleman’s Clara was introduced in Season Seven and became the companion of the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Clara remained on the show after the Eleventh Doctor’s departure and help bridge the series as the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, stepped into the role in 2014.
But just as different actors come along to carry on the time-space protecting missions, he is always joined by different companions. Some, like Clara, remain after their initial Doctor leaves (for instance Billie Piper’s Rose), which helps stabilize continuity for fans, who must also adjust to the new status quo.
But while change becomes the norm, keep in mind, for the actors it can still be emotional when a regular cast member chooses to leave.
Capaldi admitted being overcome with emotion while filming Coleman’s final episode, saying:
“I don’t usually get weepy when I’m working but I found it really hard to say goodbye to her.”
Keep in mind, Clara/Coleman was the first and only companion Capaldi has worked with, so her exit was the first of such for him.
Clara is the longest running companion of the modern series, which began in 2005. She will have appeared in 38 episodes by the time of her departure, so fans may also find it hard to say goodbye.
Rumors have swirled that her character may be killed off. That doesn’t necessarily rule out a return appearance, considering the nature of the show. And of course those rumors are just that, rumors. Viewers will just have to keep tuning in to see how Clara is actually written out of the series.
But if Capaldi got admittedly weepy, Whovians may want to grab a box of tissue before tuning in.
Are you sad to see Clara go? What do you think will become of the Doctor? Can another companion even compare?
Source: The Mirror