CONFIRMED: Jenna Coleman is officially leaving Doctor Who

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Sep 18, 2015, 2:43 PM EDT

It’s official. Jenna Coleman will be leaving her role as the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald by the end of Season 9. The rumor of Coleman’s departure from Doctor Who had been making the rounds for the past two days, but at the time, the BBC had declined to comment. The actress is said to be tackling the role of a young Queen Victoria next.

Coleman made the sad (well, depending on your point of view) news official earlier today on Radio 1, confirming she had already filmed her last scenes and left the TARDIS behind. Her departure will happen sometime during the season, and it’ll be part of the storyline. Coleman revealed she and showrunner Steven Moffat had sat together over a year ago to decide where the best place would be for Clara to leave the Doctor.

"It's been in the works for a very long time," she said, "Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story. We're not going to give any details, but it will happen at some point this season. ... We worked out a really good story arc out, so hopefully people will love it." Listen to Jenna Coleman saying goodbye on Radio 1:


Below is the BBC’s official press release:

It’s been officially confirmed that Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, will leave Doctor Who during the new series which starts tomorrow, Saturday 19 September.

However, it’s not been revealed exactly when Clara leaves and the question many are already asking is how will she part company with the Doctor?

Jenna Coleman made her Doctor Who debut on 1 September, 2012 as Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks. She returned on Christmas Day of that year, playing Clara and remained with the Eleventh Doctor from the following episode, The Bells of Saint John, onwards. She stayed on board the TARDIS for all of Peter Capaldi’s episodes to date and after filming for the last series finished, Peter commented, ‘Jenna has been absolutely brilliant. I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion.’

But Series 9 sees the Impossible Girl’s departure although the how, why and when are all questions we’ll have to watch the new adventures to find out…

Whatever happens, we’ll bring you the inside info first but for the time being we’ll prepare to say goodbye to Clara and good luck to Jenna. We’ll miss them both.

Will you miss Jenna Coleman's Clara Oswald? What sort of companion would you now like to see traveling through time and space with Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor? 

Doctor Who premieres tomorrow, Sept. 19.

(via BBC Doctor Who)