Looks like Clara’s days as the Doctor’s companion are numbered.
A report over at the Mirror (via BBC News) claims that Jenna Coleman has quit her role of Clara Oswald, aka the Impossible Girl, on Doctor Who, because she's apparently landed the royal role of Queen Victoria in a major eight-part ITV drama series in which the actress is set to play the Queen from the age of 18 into the early years of her very long reign (63 years).
A source said: “Jenna clinched the role of Victoria a while ago but it’s been a very closely guarded secret. There is a lot of excitement about this series, which has Sunday night written all over it.”
The report claims Coleman is believed to have already filmed her final scenes for Doctor Who, and that she'll bow out of the show before the Christmas special that'll see the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song.
As for confirmation, ITV has made no official announcement as to casting, while the BBC has declined to confirm (or even deny) whether Coleman’s departure from the beloved sci-fi series was, indeed, official. So I guess there's no need for me to remind y'all to take the news with an itsy-bitsy grain of salt.
In an interview published in Radio Times this week, Coleman said she’s always known her time on the show was finite. “You're in Doctor Who knowing it will never last,” she said, adding, “It's constantly regenerating, so you want to make your time count and enjoy the adventure for the fleeting time you're here.”
It’s not the first time rumors of Coleman’s departure from Doctor Who have made the rounds. The news circulated last year that she’d be leaving, after a cliffhanger in the Season 8 finale, “Death in Heaven.” Fans had to wait until the end of the Christmas special "Last Christmas" to see if Clara would return, and she did. Showrunner Steven Moffat later confirmed Coleman had asked to be written out of the show — which he did — but that she’d later changed her mind.
“That was her last episode,” he said. “Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, 'OK, I'll write you out in Christmas.' She came to the read-through and did the 'write out' version -- and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I'd already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. Frankly, I didn't want to lose her. She's an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her."
Clara has traveled through time and space with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth during her three years in the TARDIS — which makes her the longest-serving companion since the series was rebooted in 2005 by Russell T Davies.
What do you guys think? Do you believe Clara will really leave before the upcoming Christmas special?
(via BBC News)