In a rumor not yet confirmed by the BBC, the Daily Mirror has reported that Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to leave “Doctor Who” this Christmas.
Coleman made her debut in the series 7 premiere “Asylum of the Daleks,” playing what would become one of many iterations of the character Clara “Oswin” Oswald.
Like the Doctor himself, Doctor Who’s companions change frequently. Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) only lasted a single season each. With 35 episodes under her belt, Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) currently holds the record for the longest running companion of New Who. Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) appeared in 116 episodes of Classic Who, making him the most featured companion of all time.
So how will Clara leave, if at all? As of now, it’s unclear. The Doctor’s companions have suffered through memory-wipes (Donna), forced separations (Rose ended up stuck in a parallel universe), and even death (Adric). A lucky few have left of their own volition.
Despite previous flirtations with Matt Smith’s Doctor, it’s been rumored that Clara will engage in a romantic relationship with new companion Danny Pink (played by Samuel Anderson). Could the romance play a role in her departure? It wouldn’t be the first time a companion left for love.
Regardless, it has been confirmed that both Coleman and Peter Capaldi will appear in this year’s Christmas special, so at least we have that to look forward to. What do you think about Coleman possibly leaving the show?
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