Jenna-Louise Coleman is the Doctor's new companion! (photo credit: Getty Images)
Well, we knew the news was coming sooner or later, but as of this morning, it’s official: UK actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has snagged the role of The Doctor’s Companion in the fiftieth anniversary season of Doctor Who. For those of you not totally familiar with Doctor Who, the immortal Timelord always travels through time and space with a Companion – someone, usually a human (though not always) who provides a counterpoint and perspective on the crazy things and places encountered by the Doctor in his travels.
For the past two seasons, the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, has traveled with Rory and Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. The married couple has had an increasingly tight bond with The Doctor, even becoming his in-laws (sort of), when their time traveling child River Song married The Doctor at the end of last season.
However, it was announced that at the end of this season, the Ponds would be leaving the show, with their storyline wrapped up in most heartbreaking way possible. The question became, then, who would be hopping into the TARDIS as the Companion for 2013 season, which just happens to be the show’s fiftieth anniversary. The answer, as we mentioned above, is Jenna-Louise Coleman, an actress best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James), according to BBC America. Though in America, we probably know her best as, “That actress who was just cast as the Companion on Doctor Who.”
We don’t have a lot of info on who Coleman will play, though Steven Moffat – Executive Producer and Head Writer of the show had this to say:
“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.”
So start your speculation engines now, people. For our money, it’s going be tough to beat the dynamic set up by the Ponds and The Doctor… It truly took the show from a one-off adventure serial show, to something more like a family drama in space (but in a fun way). So Coleman, and the writing staff of course, have their work cut out for them in making us like the new Companion.
From the press conference just held, we do know these pieces of info:
- There will be six episodes of Doctor Who this year, including the Christmas Special, then eight next year.
- Coleman's character will be first seen in the Christmas Special, though we don't know if she officially becomes the Companion then.
- In the fifth episode, villains The Weeping Angels return. According to Moffat, "Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in episode five. Not everyone gets out alive, and I mean it this time!"
There’s also the biggest question mark, which is, who is Coleman playing? Is she really playing someone we’ve never met before? Given the show is heading into a huge anniversary, to suddenly throw a big, spanking new character into the mix seems like it would undersell the event. And remember: The Moffat always lies.
We’ll have plenty more news on this, most likely after this weekend as Coleman will be introduced to the public at the first official Doctor Who Convention. And stay tuned to MTV Geek as we have plenty more leading up to the Pond’s last season on BBC America.