Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
The Mirror is claiming Jenna Coleman will leave the show in this year’s Christmas special.
The story states:
The actress, 28, is believed to be quitting her role as the Time Lord’s assistant in a sensational Christmas storyline.
Her exit could bring an end to her 18 months as Clara Oswald, creating a vacancy for another sidekick to star alongside new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
Yesterday a source said: “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.”
The source added: “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.”
The BBC refused to comment on Jenna-Louise’s exit.
Given the source, take with a liberal dose of salt until we hear official word.
UPDATE: From the Radio Times:
A BBC spokeswoman refused to comment: “It’s speculation at this time. People will have to watch the series to see if she’s coming back or not.”
Asked whether BBC bosses knew that Coleman was leaving at the end of the series or during the Christmas special – or whether a decision was yet to be made – the spokeswoman declined to comment.
“We want to focus on the upcoming series,” she said.