Doctor Who fans who have liked seeing Jenna Coleman’s Clara serving as the Doctor’s companion can breathe a bit easier now, as the 2014 Christmas special, “Last Christmas,” revealed that she will be back for the ninth season in a message in the end credits reading, “Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return in The Magician’s Apprentice.”
This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special saw the Doctor and Clara encounter dream crabs — and Santa in those dreams (and perhaps not just in those dreams, depending how you see that tangerine at the end) — before being reunited when he saved her and extended the invitation for her to join him once more in the TARDIS to see all of time and space. She leapt at the chance, and they were off together again. However, before that happened, he did find her (in another dream) as an old woman, and if Coleman was leaving, it’s easy to see how that could have been her exit, with the Doctor having to say goodbye to her then. Instead, it was “Santa” to save the day again. Watch the video below to see Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi discussing the Christmas episode.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, whether or not Clara would be the Doctor’s companion in Doctor Who Season 9 has been a bit of a mystery and one that would be solved with the Christmas special. As reported by BBC News, Coleman has addressed her decision to stay and what the change of Doctors from Matt Smith’s to Peter Capaldi’s has meant for Clara.
“It’s wonderful. I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved. There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other. The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”
She’s not the only one happy that Clara will be around for more adventures. As Capaldi has said, “I’m thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”
As for how long Clara will be around, Radio Times has reported that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that she is “in all of the next series.” He also discussed their decision to keep Coleman’s future on the show a secret, as the actress did keep him guessing for a bit.
“There was a certain amount of to-ing and fro-ing … I always think I’m quite good at winding up people on this but Jenna completely outplayed me when she said in an interview, ‘I’m not telling you if I’m staying or going because it’s just more exciting.’ And it occurred to us all that we don’t start shooting until January so we could actually keep it a secret.”
Doctor Who (and Jenna Coleman) will return for a ninth season on BBC America.
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