Jenna Coleman will be returning to Doctor Who as companion Clara Oswald in Series 9 after all.
“The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.
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.”
Theory and rumour have bounced back and forth between Doctor Who fans since, some contending that the final words at the end of the Christmas special, indicating that Coleman would be back, were definite, while others remained convinced that it would be her last appearance.
Doctor Who and Coleman fans can now breathe a little easier. To paraphrase another famous British series, rumours of Clara Oswald’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 8, 2015
According to an article in the Hollywood Take, the Christmas Doctor Who special for 2014 was, indeed, intended to be Jenna Coleman’s last appearance, said showrunner/writer/producer Steven Moffat, with returning Doctor Peter Capaldi set to find a new companion for Series 9. As per the Radio Times, he expanded on his feelings in a recent ten-page interview with Doctor Who Magazine.
“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. I didn’t really want Death in Heaven to be her last episode. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. For Christmas Day it’s a bit nicer. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
The Hollywood Take goes on to report that Jemma Redgrave, as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, will also be making a reappearance for the Doctor Who Series 9 premiere, and Moffat has indicated that fan-favourite Missy (Michelle Gomez) will be appearing in the premiere, as well.
“Everybody hide – Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”
Doctor Who Series 9 is expected to begin airing on BBC One this fall.
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