Some Spoilers: Jenna-Louise Coleman, who has appeared in Emmerdale, Waterloo Road and in the upcoming Titanic miniseries, has been named as the new companion to Matt Smith’s Doctor Who.
Coleman, 25, joins the show in the sixth episode this year, due to be shown in the UK at Christmas.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will depart in episode five, with Steven Moffat saying: “Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.”
This year there will be six new episodes, and eight more to air next year, as part of the show’s 50th anniversary.
Writer Steven Moffat said of Coleman, “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.
“This time we’re moving closer to stand-alone stories. At this point, we’re not planning any two-parters. So, every week is going to be like a different mad movie.
“We went quite ‘arc’ last time and we’re going stand-alone this time around. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t those things creeping in. You’ve got to find a way to make the last episode special, and by God that worked ratings-wise last year. We don’t want to abandon that idea.”