Well, this officially puts another simmering “Doctor Who” rumor to bed: Jenna Coleman is not just going to say “peace out” on the show at any point during the upcoming ninth season.
First, the speculation was that Coleman was going to leave Clara Oswald behind at the end of season 8; then, it became that she would stick around for half of season 9.
Now, Steven Moffat has confirmed in a new Q&A screening (per the Radio Times) that Coleman will be staying put for all of next season, but at the same time, he did admit that was at one point far from a sure thing:
“Jenna is in all of the next series, which we’re delighted to reveal … There was a certain amount of to-ing and fro-ing, wasn’t there Jenna? I always think I’m quite good at winding up people on this but Jenna completely outplayed me when she said in an interview ‘I’m not telling you if I’m staying or going because it’s just more exciting.’ And it occurred to us all that we don’t start shooting until January so we could actually keep it a secret.”
Granted, the downside of all of this news is that we’ll probably hear talk all year long about this could be the last season for either her or Peter Capaldi; therefore, we just hope that the two announce their decisions on the future early, and we can get on to enjoying the story. (We feel like Coleman is still likely to depart before Capaldi, given that he is still relatively new to the show.)
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