The British press are reporting that “Doctor Who” companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to leave the hit BBC show.
The 28-year-old actress is reportedly scheduled to exit the show during this year’s Christmas special according to The Mirror. If she does leave, her Clara Oswald character will ultimately have appeared in just twelve Matt Smith-led and thirteen Peter Capaldi-led episodes, though she was first announced in the role back in March 2012.
A source tells the paper: “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. “
They go on to say: “It was very much a mutual decision. It’s important to keep the series moving and fast-paced, and the time is just starting to feel right and the feeling is that it could be a perfect Christmas storyline.”
Both Coleman and new Doctor Peter Capaldi finished shooting the twelve episode new season two weeks ago and are still in the midst of a whirlwind publicity tour promoting the new season ahead of its launch next weekend. Filming on the Christmas special is expected to get underway soon.
Speaking of “Doctor Who,” the new series opening is confirmed to have been inspired by a fan-made credit sequence from YouTube. Billy Hanshaw, a motion graphics designer from Leeds, came up with a sequence which show runner Steven Moffat saw.
Moffat tells DW News: “Our beautiful new title sequence – it’s absolutely stunning – is from an online Doctor Who fan. Billy Hanshaw just decided to make a Doctor Who title sequence and put it up on YouTube. I happened across it and thought it was the only new idea for a Doctor Who title sequence since 1963. We got in touch and decided we were going to do that one.”
I’ve seen the new final credits and can confirm they take the basics of the first two parts of these fan credits (the cog gears tunnel, the roman numeral clock face spiral) and incorporates them fairly faithfully. Then it changes to glimpses of planets spinning and Capaldi’s angry brow.
The theme itself is different in style, much higher pitched and more electronic than ever before. The new titles sequence are the best they’ve had since the series was rebooted, the music theme I’m not the biggest fan of after one listen.