The latest in a long line of Doctor Who companions was revealed in a press release from showrunner Steven Moffat early this morning. Jenna-Louise Coleman, best known for her work on the UK's Emmerdale, will make her debut in this year's Christmas special, after the departure of current companions Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Amy (Karen Gillan).
Moffat stated that: "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."
Coleman will have the honor of being the Doctor's companion during its 50th anniversary year, 2013. Moffat has previously stated that he is trying to get as many former companions and Doctors as possible back for a celebration of the show's 50th year. Whether this will entail a reunion episode, or just more of a reunion tour, remains to be seen.
As for Amy and Rory's final episode, Moffat has finally released some details. It was confirmed via Twitter this morning that [SPOILER] "Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time." Moffat also stated in an interview with the Radio Times at the Royal Television Society that the seventh season will move away from the heavily serialized arc-nature that was season six, into more 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," he said. "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."
Six episodes, including the yearly Christmas special, will be broadcast in Autumn 2012, with the remaining eight to be shown in 2013. Here's the full interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman, conducted by BBC Entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba:
So what do you think, Whovians? Will this new companion live up to the standards set by her predecessors? Sound off in the comments.