After months of wild speculations and rumors as to who would get to be the next Doctor Who companion, the BBC has finally revealed the name of the person who'll be cozying up with Matt Smith's 11th Doctor in the TARDIS!
Yesterday, Daily Mirror TV Editor Mark Jefferies stated that a "BBC source has confirmed to me they will unveil new Doctor Who assistant tomorrow." She is "pretty" but "not household name." Thus crushing all chances that the next companion would be the recently touted Sophia Myles. (Well played, Mr. Moffat and Miss Myles. Very well played indeed).
And boy, was he right!
Former Emmerdale (a U.K. soap) actress Jenna-Louise Coleman is the one who'll replace those departing Ponds, Amy, played by Karen Gillan, and Rory, played by Arthur Darville, as the Doctor's brand-new companion in Who's upcoming seventh season, it was just revealed this morning on the official BBC's Doctor Who twitter page.
Coleman said, "I want to get started already. I'm a huge fan of the show." Of her favorite companion, Coleman said it was a tie "between Billie Piper & Karen Gillan." The 25-year-old also added, "Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together."
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat added, "We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt—he had to keep up!"
It was then announced that there would be six episodes from Doctor Who's season seven that'll air this year—including the Christmas special—with the remaining eight to be shown the following year.
Coleman's character will be introduced during the Christmas special.
Moffat also teased Amy and Rory's last Who adventure, revealing the return of one of his most famous creations: the Weeping Angels. Again, Moffat teased the possible death(s) of the beloved married couple: "Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time."
We can gather that the Ponds will stick around for five episodes before leaving (in a heartbreaking way ... we still hate that), and then Coleman's as-yet-unnamed companion (we don't even know if she'll be human, yet, but she probably will) will step in at Christmas to replace them.
No plans were announced for the big upcoming 50th anniversary. Moffat is still remaining crazy-glue-tight-lipped about the big shindig thing.
This is the official Press announcement:
Twenty-five year old Jenna from Blackpool will star alongside the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, to mark the biggest year in the show's history.
Best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James), Jenna will replace Karen Gillan when she and Arthur Darvill bow out of the show in a heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages later this year on BBC One.
Jenna says: "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."
The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year — full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Series seven is currently filming and comprises 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes — each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before.
Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, says: "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."
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, adds "As we approach Doctor Who's 50th anniversary it's great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style."
In 2011 Jenna made her big screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and is soon to star as Annie Desmond in ITV1's Titanic. She has just finished filming on Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing On The Edge for BBC Two.
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So what do you think of the new companion? Are you guys happy or disappointed? Would you have rather they'd cast a man instead of yet another young and pretty girl?