… Jenna-Louise Coleman, who is best known for her role on the British soap, “Emmerdale.” (Check out a video of her here.)
What do you think? Is this the right choice for the next companion? Sound off in comments!
There’s more casting coming today so stay tuned!
Update (10.32 am GMT): Jenna-Louise Coleman has been confirmed as the new companion by the official Doctor Who Twitter.
Update (10.47 am GMT): From the official Doctor Who Twitter:
- “I want to get started already” says Jenna. “I’m a huge fan of the show”. Of her favourite companion “Between Billie Piper & Karen Gillan”
- “Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together” says Jenna.
- Steven [Moffat, showrunner]: “We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt – he had to keep up!”
BBC’s Lizo Mzimba adds (also on Twitter) that Coleman’s first episode will be the Christmas Special 2012 after Amy and Rory leave at the end of this autumn’s five episodes:
- Jenna-Louise Coleman officially confirmed by BBC as new Dr Who companion. Her first episode will be the Xmas special.
Update (10.53 am GMT): From the official Doctor Who Twitter:
- There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.
- No announcement on plans for the 50th anniversary given today.
Update (10.58 am GMT): Autumn return of the Daleks and Weeping Angels confirmed and Steven Moffat says not everyone will survive the series. From the official Doctor Who Twitter:
- Steven “Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time”
Update (11.02 GMT): You can now read the full press release issued by the BBC Press Office below:
Jenna-Louise Coleman has beaten hundreds of hopefuls to become the new companion to Doctor Who, it was announced today by Steven Moffat.
Twenty-five year old Jenna from Blackpool will star alongside the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, to mark the biggest year in the show’s history.
Best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James), Jenna will replace Karen Gillan when she and Arthur Darvill bow out of the show in a heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages later this year on BBC One.
Jenna says: “I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”
The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year – full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Series seven is currently filming and comprises 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.
Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, says: “It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS.
“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him 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.”
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, adds “As we approach Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary it’s great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style.”
In 2011 Jenna made her big screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and is soon to star as Annie Desmond in ITV1’s Titanic. She has just finished filming on Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing On The Edge for BBC Two.
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Update (2.51 GMT): The BBC has done an interview with Jenna that can be found right by clicking right here.