New ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Revealed; Details on Karen Gillan’s Exit

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 9:16 am,

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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.

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!

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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.

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Doctor Who Season 7 begins airing in Fall 2012.

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Source: The Guardian

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  1. i wish that they would remain on for more than just 5 or 6 episodes. like maybe 8 or 9. but oh well. the new companion is hot enough. now we just have to see if she can act and has a good enough screen presence.

  2. Hey, they are the longest serving companions in the revived series.

    • unless you count reoccurring rolls from people like martha and rose. and the way it sounds, amy wont be reoccurring after her departure.

  3. I wish Rory could stay :-( But I guess if Arthur wouldn´t want to leave as well, he could probably stay a little longer – also, with Amy gone it would make sense that Rory would be gone as well. They are a great couple (but I am not a big fan of Amy by herself) but Karen doesn´t want to return but no word from Arthur (it´s not like anybody bothered to ask him, it´s all about Karen Gillan :-( )

  4. Another young, hot girl? I liked Rose, Martha, and Amy Pond well enough. But can’t they have a little more imagination? Why can’t it ever be a dude? Donna was a woman, but I liked that she wasn’t the typical young, hot companion, and that she wasn’t afraid to tell the Doctor off.

    • I was hoping the new companion would of been a guy aswell, maybe even an alien. The Doctor has had male companions before, Rory sort of being an example(but he’s only really there because Amy is.)

  5. the doctor and his companion is just like james bond and the “bond girl”

    • Completely agree.

  6. I guess the reason they couldn’t make his cloned daughter a companion because they couldn’t play that undercurrent of sexual tension between the two like with the other companions….Too bad because she’s a real hottie whos athletic and warrior abilities could have been an interesting addition….

    • hopefully they bring her back sometime during the 7th series as a guest star.

  7. A BBC press conference was held to formerly announce. Formerly or FORMALLY? =)

    Sorry, on typo patrol.

    I liked Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor Who and Billie Piper’s Rose the best.

    • That should be “formally,” my bad. It’s been corrected.

      Thanks for catching that.

  8. Jenna-Louise Coleman?
    I haven’t really seen anything that she’s been in (she only had like… a minute of screentime in Cap:TFA so that doesn’t really count).
    I’ll hold all criticisms until I’ve seen her in action, but she’s definitely pretty enough IMO ;)

    Looking forward to the new season.

  9. I see no better DW enemy for Amy and Rory to go out agains than the Weepings Angels. Scariest who monsters ever and it would give some legitimacy to why they cant see the doctor anymore (unlike the reason they gave for Donna Noble)

    • But it would still be great if Rory could comeback for an episode or two. Karen said she didn´t want to return (well, nobody asks Arthur anything so who knows what he thinks) but to prevent Amy to return and still make Rory´s return possible but to give him a reason to leave the Doctor – maybe that is where Moffat goes with it. He will just send Amy away, sending her in the past, with Rory looking for her.

  10. Well it’ll be sad to see them leave, and i’m sure of how I feel about a new companion but I felt the same way about amy and rory. Like others have said, I’m going to watch it with a open mind. I was worried about the 11th doctor/matt smith but I love him! Of course I forever love the 10th. So here’s waiting for the new season!!

  11. I really wish that amy and rory were not leaving but then again they have been on the show for a long time.

  12. I think people are missing something here. This Doctor met Amy when she was 9 & he had just regenerated, so what you’ve got is basically childhood sweethearts. We know the Doctor is still a wide eyed child at heart, one anyway, so his encounter with Amy is his first connection & his most lasting. The same as Tennants with Rose, he couldn’t show her his feelings & neither can this Doctor with Amy. This relationship was never going to end well, might even be more of a tear jerker then Tennant’s departure.

  13. After seeing this new companion in the asylum of the daleks episode, I’ve decided she was annoying. But then again, I thought I didn’t like Amy Pond’s character in the first episode of *her* character.

    IF my first impression is correct, then this new companion will be the first one that I don’t like.

  14. OMG IM CRYING WHY ARE YOU LETTING AMY GO NOOOO!!!! DOCTOR WHO WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AND THIS IS MY FAVE DOCTOR NOOOOO!!!!!! I LOVE YOU AMY!!!!