Jenna-Louise Coleman was announced today to appear as the Doctor’s new companion on Doctor Who. Coleman will board the TARDIS around the midway point of the upcoming season following the departures of the husband and wife team of Rory Williams and Amy Pond, played by Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan. Amy has been the Doctor’s companion since the beginning of the adventures of his eleventh incarnation and is promised to have a “heartbreaking” departure along with Rory. It is currently unknown the circumstances under which Coleman will find herself team-up up with the Doctor, but it promises to be new and interesting.
Rising star Coleman has already made a name for herself portraying Jasmine Thomas in the soap Emmerdale as well as appearing in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger. She will next be seen on the screen in ITV’s four-part drama Titanic, marking the centenary of the disaster and airing starting Sunday, March 25.
[UPDATE]: The BBC has stated that Coleman will make her debut at Christmas, which semi-officially confirms that around half of the upcoming series will air in 2013.
Here is the official Press Release from the BBC:
Twenty-five year old Jenna from Blackpool will star alongside the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, to mark the biggest year in the show’s history.
Best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James), Jenna will replace Karen Gillan when she and Arthur Darvill bow out of the show in a heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages later this year on BBC One.
Jenna says: “I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”
The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year – full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Series seven is currently filming and comprises 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.
Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, says: “It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS.
“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, adds “As we approach Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary it’s great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style.”
In 2011 Jenna made her big screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and is soon to star as Annie Desmond in ITV1′s Titanic. She has just finished filming on Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing On The Edge for BBC Two.
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