Doctor Who: Impossible Girl Jenna Coleman Leaving in Season 9

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[NOTE: The following post contains potential SPOILERS for Doctor Who season 9.]


After several years of change (two companion exits and a regeneration), Doctor Who is finally set to let the titular hero (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman), his current partner-in-time travel, enjoy their "glory years" of adventuring together. While season 9 will feature several two-part episodes, Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat have promised that the upcoming slate of episodes will see the travelers recklessly bouncing through time and space for a "big and mad" set of stories.

Still, following years of uncertainty regarding how long Coleman would stick with the series, recent reports suggested the actress could finally part ways with Doctor Who at some point in season 9. Given that Coleman had been rumored to leave the show at the end of season 7 and later at the conclusion of season 8, it was unclear whether or not there was any truth to this latest round of Clara tabloid talk. However, BBC and Coleman have now confirmed the news: this time, the Impossible Girl is actually leaving.

The news comes as a result of Coleman's casting in ITV's new Queen Victoria mini-series, titled Victoria, that will see the actress take on the ruler's early years as Queen. As a result, Coleman confirmed her exit to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1: "I have left the TARDIS—it's happened."

You can see the exchange below, where Coleman describes leaving the show as "emotional" and asserts that she has already filmed her last scene:

Out of context, it might sound as though Coleman had jumped ship for a starring role in her own show but the actress made it clear her exit had been in the works for over a year - meaning that those season 8 exit rumors were actually true. Knowing that Coleman was looking to broaden her horizons, Steven Moffat plotted-out a multi-season arc for Clara - with a proper sendoff for the Impossible Girl (while also giving her co-star time to get situated as the Twelfth Doctor). The good news: with a companion set to depart, it's unlikely that Capaldi will be leaving at the end of season 9 too.

According to Coleman:

"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.

There are not a lot of jobs where you get to have an alien as your best mate and get to run away from monsters... it's been so much fun, I love it. It's such a unique beast. It's been really special. I think I'm in denial. I kind of believe I still have a key to the Tardis - which I might do, because I kind of stole it. And I stole some other bits and pieces!"

The actress also took to Twitter shortly after the radio appearance - to once again express her gratitude for the time she spent as part of Doctor Who.

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