OFFICIAL: New Doctor Who companion revealed!

March 21st, 2012
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Jenna-Louise Coleman has today been confirmed as the new Doctor Who companion!

The official announcement was made via the official Doctor Who Twitter page this morning. The 25 year old actress is best known for her portrayal of Jasmine Thomas in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale, and she has also played Lindsay James in BBC One’s Waterloo Road. This weekend she’ll be seen as Annie Desmond in ITV1’s Titanic, a series marking the 100th anniversary of the doomed voyage.

Coleman will make her debut in Doctor Who during this year’s Christmas Special, after the departure of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as Amy and Rory Pond.

She’s said that she is “beyond excited” to start filming. “I can’t wait to get cracking,” she said. “Working alongside Matt is going to be enormous fun, and a huge adventure.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat has added: “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 is not your usual boy meets girl…”

Finally, the Controller of BBC One, Danny Cohen, finished: “As we approach Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, it is great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS, and I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his unique style…” We are sure he will too!

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30 comments on this article
  1. Tom Versey
    March 22nd, 2012 at 10.28pm | #1

    I am excited for Christmas! She seems really good for the show and I am really looking forward to seeing her! Although I will miss Amy and Rory!

  2. Patrick
    March 23rd, 2012 at 8.46am | #2

    Also the problem with them Angels (ones that send you back in time) is this: Amy has a phone and once she finds out what year she’s in and finds out where she is she could easily contact the Doctor (like she did in Lets Kill Hitler asking about Melody) and then all he would have to do is travel to that time and pick her up same for Rory as well which makes me think we will get the neck-snapping Angels.

  3. TWWL
    March 23rd, 2012 at 10.10am | #3

    Of course, she just could not have her phone on her at the time.

  4. Steve
    March 23rd, 2012 at 11.27am | #4

    Let’s hope SM does not cause a backlash with the new companion like RTD did with poor Martha. Martha suffered because all through her time, constant mentions were made to Rose in one form or another…

    @Patrick Thanks Patrick for the fantastic image of Amy’s neck being snapped by an Angel! Unfortunately this is the only way SM can remove Amy and even then he would probably bring her back as an Auton!!

  5. JC
    March 23rd, 2012 at 6.51pm | #5

    It’s just a shame that their very distinct way of killing seems to have been lost. In that case, the Weeping Angels have lost a lot of what made them special for me.

    To be honest, anything with enough strength can kill by breaking necks, the Weeping Angels may just get boring now.

  6. Katie
    March 24th, 2012 at 12.39am | #6

    Just realised this is also our first brunette companion! (Counting the five main ones) :) Blonde, Black, Ginger, Ginger :’) That was a stupidly insignificant comment but I felt it needed to be added! ;)

  7. Mike Humphreys
    March 24th, 2012 at 1.33pm | #7

    Of course… re:- The Ponds Vs Angels debate… the fact that they are Time Travellers may add an interesting twist to their Angels “fate”…

    As far as JLC is concerned.. she certainly aquitted herself well in challenging storylines in both Emmerdale and Waterloo Road… and one could say she has had murderous tendencies!!!

    She looks gorgeous and certainly gets a thumbs up from me.

    Have faith in The Moff… so looking forward to further adventures in Time & Space with the good Doctor…

    Oh… and interesting we don’t know anything more about JLC’s role… not even a name… 50th Anniversary spoilers anyone????

  8. JC
    March 27th, 2012 at 11.14pm | #8

    Great to see Whoviannet is back

  9. Grace
    March 28th, 2012 at 5.22am | #9

    I suppose I didn’t expect them to hire a mature woman for the role when another star eyed girl would do.

  10. mwanderson
    March 28th, 2012 at 3.49pm | #10

    Could Jenna-Louise be playing “An Unearthly Child” of some description? With the 50th anniversary coming up it’s not too much of a stretch of the imagination, specially since she’s said not to be human…

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