The identity of The Doctor’s next female companion has been revealed, with the news that English actress Jenna-Louise Coleman will be portraying a character who hooks up with the eleventh regeneration of the wayward time traveler (as portrayed by Matt Smith) in the upcoming seventh season of the new Doctor Who TV series.

Coleman’s Doctor Who character will reportedly be introduced in the next Christmas special for the beloved sci-fi show. Current DW companion Amelia Pond (Karen Gillan) is slated to make her final appearance on the show during an episode prior to that (more on the matter later).

A BBC press conference was held to formally announce Coleman as the Doctor’s new female sidekick on the series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Current Doctor Who show-runner (and head writer) Steven Moffat has also released the following statement:

“It always feels like a miracle when you find the right person. Jenna is going to lead [the Doctor on] his merriest dance yet, and that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”

Following her breakout role as gay teenager Jasmine Thomas on the soap opera Emmerdale, Coleman has since appeared in such TV series/movies as Waterloo Road and Room at the Top. However, her big screen debut came in the form of a small role in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Moffat also dropped a few tidbits teasing Gillan’s exit from Doctor Who. Obviously, anyone who wishes to avoid being partly spoiled about the ultimate fate of “The Girl Who Waited” should not read on.


Both the Amy Pond character and her husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will reportedly make what Moffat describes as a “heartbreaking” exit during the fifth episode of the seventh Doctor Who series, following a “final encounter” with the Weeping Angels – who Amy, The Doctor, and Amy’s daughter River Song (Alex Kingston) previously faced off against during the season 5 two-parter (“The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”).

As DW fans know all too well, that could mean that Amy and Rory will end up separated from the Doctor after being “killed” by one of the Angels and sent back to a different time/place – one which the famous Time Lord cannot reach, for some miscellaneous reason relating to the convoluted nature of time-travel (maybe it’s a fixed point in time?) – but, of course, that’s pure speculation.

Doctor Who Season 7 begins airing in Fall 2012.

Source: The Guardian