Confirmed: The Doctor's new companion will be back for Season 8

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Mar 11, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

We'd already heard that actor Jenna-Louise Coleman had, allegedly, said she would be back, but in an interview on BBC Radio 5, it was finally confirmed for all eager fan ears to hear. Clara will continue her adventure with the time-traveling Doctor all through the second half of season seven and on through season eight.

One particular detail, though -- Matt Smith will be in America over the summer for a film that sees man-turned-Internet-meme Ryan Gosling's directorial debut. That means filming for season eight of Doctor Who will be delayed until September. This means Coleman will be the first companion since the show came back to actually get the summer off. Her plan? To go someplace "hot."

We'll leave the recommendations to you.

(via Doctor Who TV)