The Mirror, a British newspaper, is claiming that Jenna Coleman will quit her role as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. The actress is said to leave at Christmas.
A nameless source was quoted;
“The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.”
It makes sense that Coleman would look to move on as companions often change the year after a new Doctor. The BBC likes to overlap the two in order to avoid big changes.
That said it also makes sense that the Mirror would want to have great headlines about Doctor Who right now. I’d take it with a pinch of salt.
Their nameless source also said;
“By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”
I’m not sure 18 months would make Clara Oswald one of the longer lasting companions. Back in 2012 the Mirror themselves produced this infographic on companions which points out that Captain Jack could be considered active since 2005. Janet Fielding’s Tegan was active from 1981 to 1984 and Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith had a main run from 1973 to 1976 before the spin off show. Frazer Hines’ Jamie McCrimmon is another three year companion from 1966 to 1969.
A few hours after the Mirror’s post the Independent published an interview with Coleman. It ends with this quote;
“At the moment I’m really happy,”
“It’s one of those jobs that will only happen once – the whole adventure that it brings. The key is not to worry about the future, and enjoy it.”
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