Season 8 of Doctor Who seemed to divide a lot of the fans between those who loved it, and those who were disappointed in it. Part of that can be attributed to the change that occurred when Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor regenerated into Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, and the usual period of time it takes for audiences to become accepting of a new Doctor. However, the two Doctors ended up being much different than the audiences might have expected, where Eleven was warm and almost childlike, Twelve was cold and sometimes cruel. While he still maintained the same free care-free attitude of the Doctor and he was entertaining to watch, his carelessness for the people around him seemed to rub some fans the wrong way.
However, none of it would be complete if it weren’t for his companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman). Clara was there for a season with Eleven and a season with Twelve, and so she managed to act as the connecting link for fans between the two Doctors. When she was surprised, we were surprised, and when she was hurt, we were hurt. After almost two full seasons on the show though, Coleman’s time on the show might be drawing to a close, and considering how much about season 9 is being kept in secret, we might see the departure of the Impossible Girl before the season is done.
A new report from The Mirror has stated that Coleman will be leaving the show before the Christmas Special has aired though, after recently landing the role of Queen Victoria on a new ITV drama. While speaking recently with Radio Times too, Coleman was decidedly coy and vague about how much time she has left on the series, responding to questions about her character’s possible exit with the following:
“You’re in Doctor Who knowing it will never last. It’s constantly regenerating, so you want to make your time count and enjoy the adventure for the fleeting time you’re here.”
It’s also interesting to note that in the same conversation, Capaldi gave a similar response to questions about how long his run as the character will end up being, dodging the questions with the following:
“It depends whether viewers like me, and you never know. We’re conscious of the fact the show will go on without any of us. Life is full of surprises, and there is the cosmic sledgehammer.”
While it seems fairly safe to say that Capaldi will be making it throughout the entirety of Season 9, as its very rare for a Doctor to last less than two seasons on the show (although it has happened) – it seems almost inevitable at this point that Clara will be gone from the show sometime soon. Her predecessor, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) is possibly one of the most beloved companions of all time, and still was on the show for only two and a half seasons, so as Coleman draws closer and closer to that time frame as well – it should be a safe bet that the Doctor might be finding someone else to explore all of space and time with him before the season draws to a close.
Some fans have complained about the lack of romantic chemistry between the Doctor and his companions over the last few seasons, as many believe the slow-burn romance that occurred between Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston/David Tennant) is a big reason why she might just be the best companion in the show’s history. So while it might have been strange to see Capaldi (57) and Coleman (29) have a romance together, there’s no telling whether or not the next companion could have a more intimate relationship with the Mad Man in the TARDIS.
Doctor Who Season 9 will be premiering on BBC America this Saturday.
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