This is when the BBC says we'll know if Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who

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Nov 28, 2014, 12:24 PM EST

There's a brand-new rumor going around that Jenna Coleman may not, in fact, be leaving Doctor Who during the upcoming Christmas special. When will we know? Here's what the BBC says.

But before we get to that, Shhhhh! SPOILERS!

Right. So.

Early this morning, the Mirror broke the news (so take this with a grain of salt) that Jenna Coleman had originally intended to leave Doctor Who during the upcoming Christmas special, titled "Last Christmas," but had a bit of a change of heart, and that she'd asked to remain for the first half of the upcoming season nine -- a decision that has apparently thrilled showrunner Steven Moffat.

That meant, of course, script rewrites! for the yearly yuletide special:

“In the original draft of the script, she became an old woman who then died with the Doctor at her side,” a source said. “But after they were rewritten, she will now be seen returning to the Tardis, hand in hand with the Doctor.”

As for the early set of new scripts for season nine, they had to scrap 'em.

“When it came to Clara, they had to tear them up and start again.”

Rumors of Jenna Coleman’s departure from Doctor Who have been swirling for months now. The actress told Radio Times a while back:

“I’ve just been keeping my mouth firmly shut. You get good at keeping secrets – this one in particular is quite difficult because you don’t want to be evasive, and you want to answer questions, but at the same time I just look back at different points of the show, where we had things like Oswin [her first appearance] in Asylum of the Daleks, when people didn’t know, and it was just better. The show is better for the surprises. So that’s why we’re being very evasive. Very coy.”

So, what does the BBC has to say about this? A spokesperson told Radio Times, “This is speculation so we won’t be commenting. Viewers will have to watch the Christmas episode to find out!”

There you have it. We don't know if there's any scrap of truth to the Mirror's story, but the whole "will she, won't she" thing is still keeping us on our toes with speculation and anticipation.

What do you guys think?

(via The Mirror, Radio Times)