Doctor Who, a favorite BBC program loved all over the world, will start filming Season 10 in May. Unfortunately, casting still has not found the perfect companion for Doctor Who this season, according to the Christian Post. Jenna Coleman has left the role of Clara Oswald, leaving some pretty cute little shoes to fill. Well, we can’t very well say she had big shoes. Tiny Jenna would hardly need big shoes, but she will be hard to replace. Still, no one could imagine how Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, could be replaced either, but Doctor Who fans will eventually adjust to the perpetual casting changes.
Longtime Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald had to be killed by a giant raven, right before Christmas no less, because Jenna Coleman, the actress who plays Clara, was offered a huge role as Queen Victoria. The Mirror explains that Coleman will star in Victoria, an eight-part series on ITV. As the absolute longest surviving companion since the reboot in 2005, she lasted three years and been the companion of two different doctors, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.
Doctor Who could be traveling alone for a while as well. Some have suggested that may be why casting has not scheduled any auditions yet for young companions. Of course, a companion is almost certain to be added at some point, but it could be several episodes away. The Dead Beats Panel predicts that the new companion will change the overall tone of the plot and that it will be someone new who has never appeared on the show before.
Other Doctor Who cast members who may return include the eighth doctor, Paul McGann. At least, he has offered to return to the series if he is needed. Michelle Gomez would also like to return as Missy. There is every indication that will happen. East Enders’ Shabnam Masood could be chosen for the next companion, but there has been no announcement. As for the plot, little is known, but it has been suggested that Capaldi wants to do a “Genesis of the Cybermen” episode.
There have been 12 Doctor Who actors since the inception of the first BBC series in 1963. William Hartnell was first given the role. Four of those Doctors have been cast in the part since the reboot in 2005. It is also quite possible that there will be a new Doctor before Season 10 ends. Maisie Williams has suggested that Idris Elba could be the next Doctor, but no one really knows for sure, as much is uncertain regarding the cast this season.
Current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has complained of a knee injury and also made comments that could be interpreted as a farewell message. Even before the last season ended in December, Capaldi told Paste Magazine he might not be back for Season 10. BBC wants him to come back, but he may not. Rumors suggest he will leave at some point during the season.
“This could be my final year — it’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over … But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”
While BBC favorite Doctor Who may change faces, he is still always Doctor Who, the nearly immortal Time Lord. His companions come and go, but one person who has been a constant for seven years will be leaving the show at the end of Season 10, according to Radio Times. Steven Moffatt plans to leave the show after running, writing, and directing the show for seven years. Chris Chibnall will be replacing Moffat after this season. If that is the case, Season 11 could be quite different in nature than previous seasons.
Doctor Who will only have 12 episodes per season due to financial cutbacks at BBC. The Deadbeats Panel predicts he will depart in the 2017 Christmas special, which will be created this year as part of Moffat’s farewell duties. If not, it will likely be the 2016 Christmas special near the end of this season.
Doctor Who No. 12 is still deciding whether to stay or go, but it sounds like he is leaning toward leaving, perhaps not now, but at some point this season.
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