‘Doctor Who’ Spoiler: Jenna Louise Coleman Talks Clara’s Fate

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[Warning: This article discusses spoilers for the upcoming episodes of Doctor Who.]

Big changes are in store for the upcoming episodes of Doctor Who. The TARDIS will sport a fresh, shiny interior; the opening sequence has updated with an eye for the retro; and, most importantly, the Doctor will be recruiting a new traveling companion in Clara Oswald.

Played by Jenna-Louise Coleman (aka Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger), Clara represents both a new beginning for the Doctor and the source of an era-spanning mystery. Fans have speculated just how long the somewhat death-prone woman will last. This mystery gained a tentative answer during a recent interview with British Radio 5.

During this interview, (collected by Doctor Who TV), Coleman confirmed that she will be returning for the eighth season of the Doctor Who revival series. Coleman speaks on Who casting, the production process, and avoiding spoilers during interviews. You can listen to the entirety of the exchange above.

Coleman also commented on Who star Matt Smith’s commitment to Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. Apparently, Smith will depart England during the summer of 2013 to film his scenes in the upcoming movie, leaving the overall Who production machine to prepare for further filming in the fall. Coleman asserts that she will next step on the set of Who when Smith returns in September.

Taken on its own, the news that Coleman will stay on as the Doctor’s companion past the second half of season seven isn’t very surprising. If Clara were to depart after the end of the upcoming episodes, that would make her the shortest-lived of all the major companions since the show’s revival in 2005. Considering the extensive set-up the series has devoted to the overall mystery of her character, at least another season seems reasonable, if not mandatory.

Doctor Who Jenna Louise Coleman Doctor Who Spoiler: Jenna Louise Coleman Talks Claras Fate

Though Coleman will indeed reappear in the eighth season of Doctor Who, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the contemporary version of Clara will. After all, two versions/incarnations of Coleman’s character have died already this season, leaving the stage open for even further iterations to be snuffed out. Given Steven Moffat’s love of temporal trickery, we may end up seeing a companion who’s actually multiple different characters.

Of course, the real metric of how long Clara will stay at the Doctor’s side may end up being her overall popularity once Coleman joins the show as a regular. Will she prove as charming and versatile as Amy Pond, or will the questions behind her true identity override Coleman’s ability to fully inhabit the character?


Doctor Who will return from the stars to BBC and BBC America on March 30th, 2013.

Source: Doctor Who TV

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  1. I think she is really Kenny, and they will kill her in every episode…. The B@$t@rd$ !!!

  2. I’ve had this theory that Clara is some sort of cosmic entity that’s pulling The Doctor towards the Plains of Trenzalore or wherever for the 50th anniversary. But I hope she doesn’t die every episode. We already had Rory.

  3. The true nature of her as a temporal anomaly might not show up for quite awhile similar to the Bad Wolf phenomenon ie the cause may occur after the effect.

  4. Ok. Here goes my review of the new Dr. Who.
    I love Oswin but I found her another girl to be rescued, “protected”. Even Martha had more spunk than she did. Sure she sasses the Doctor who acts like a love sick kitten around her. Give me River Pond any day. The Monsters: spoon headed imagines from your memory. Nope. Didn’t frighten me. People trapped in computers. Didn’t we see people trapped in tvs to be eaten? The Doctor hanging out with monks. Wasn’t he hiding in the Victorian Age? Where is the doctor who everyone is frightened of. Oh right. He’s dead.
    Yup. He’s dead. He has a clip on bow tie and can’t remember where he parked his motorcycle. Please. I am beginning to think that Matt Smith is becoming too big for his britches thinking of his future career, wanting to be a Bond Villian. High ideas for a nerdy British Actor.
    Maybe it is because I just finished watching a Marathon on Game of Thrones, both seasons in two days. Maybe it is because I loved the First Doctor. Maybe it is because Richard Moffat is giving all his thoughts to the 50 anniversary. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t know anything about tv, but I wasn’t thrill with it. Will I watch it? Of course. But I’m still waiting for my autograph from Matt Smith and I have just been lied to by Jake G, so I’m kind of sick of all Hollywood types. Believe me Matt Smith wants to be a hollywood type. But America has a way of chewing up and spitting out little English actors. Matt Smith better beware. We like him as Dr. Who. We may not like him as anything else.

    • You do realize that a lot of that is the writing and directing too? I don’t understand why people always completely blame actors for personifying the scripts given them. It’s not like Moffat said “here’s the general storyline, now go .. do/say whatever!”

  5. I do hope that clara is jacks kid as that would be a good story line.

  6. I love clara’s character because she brings a bit of energy for the show. I believe that clara turns out to be another time lord or an android which would explain the reason as to why she has died twice before. It would be a great story line to playout that she is in fact a time lord to reamp the idea that the doctor is actually the last time lord and I like the idea of keeping the viewers guessing because no one can imagine the places that the doctor will go next

  7. Yes I hope Clara is another time lord or reincarnation of Rose for Doctor to actually be happy. Sorry but Doctor’s so called wife, River is a crappy character, never gets along with doctor and no love is between them. I think Clara has potential to be the best companion yet if they can do stories right. Please keep Clara and current doctor for next couple seasons. Its every annoying to keep changing doctors and companions. Please let Clara be Rose or a Time-lord to have ability to stay with doctor.

    • Yes, I haven’t seen River on the show for ages- she never turns up, or travels with the Doctor, yet she is supposed to be his wife. I think Clara and the Doctor understand each other more, River just seems like an “add in” to the show.

  8. please can the Doctor get a new companion. Clara really doesn’t fit she is not like Martha Jones, Amy Pond or River Song they were really good and Rose, they were the best even Donna was good but Clara I just did not like the relationship. hope she is out soon. Sorry but thanks for letting me express that. One Love

  9. Matt Smith was one of the best Doctors ever and I know the Doctors have started getting a little to cuddly but Peter Capaldi? I mean seriously? He is not funny but very creepy and appears heartless WTH happened?!!!!! So Doctor Who went from spooky and scary to cool and friendly and that should’ve gradually changed GRADUALLY! BTW Clara is super-cool :)! If you do get a new companion make sure she is funny friendly and has a CONCIOUS PLEASE!
    Thank you.