Throughout production of the most recent eighth season of the “Doctor Who” reboot, there were rumors that star Peter Capaldi would only be sticking around for one season as The Doctor.
That changed when he and co-star Jenna Coleman started doing press for the series, with it quickly becoming clear that Capaldi was set to return for the ninth season whereas Coleman’s return was not secured. Indeed, it seemed that Coleman’s deal to return wasn’t locked down until quite some time after filming on the eighth season finale wrapped which explains why it seemed the characters went their separate ways.
For months there has been speculation about whether she would stay on or whether her appearance in the just aired Christmas special would be her last. Following the airing of that special in the UK, she confirmed in a Q&A that she is staying onboard as The Doctor’s companion throughout the next season. She tells The BBC:
“I get a whole other [season] 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.”
Co-star Peter Capaldi, who portrays the 12th Doctor, says: “I’m thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”
Filming on the ninth season of the show kicks off next month with the Steven Moffat-penned premiere episode “The Magician’s Apprentice”. The season is expected to follow the same pattern as this year with an uninterrupted run of 12-13 episodes starting with a late August debut.
Source: Heat Vision