Peter Capaldi Confirms: New ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Has Been Cast

By March 20, 2016

The next series of Doctor Who won’t air until 2017, though we will get a Christmas special later this year. When the show returns, it will be with a new showrunner as Chris Chibnall takes over from Steven Moffat. But the changes behind the camera aren’t the only ones we’ll see. With Jenna Coleman’s departure in last year’s finale, the always-important companion role also needs new blood. According to the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, the role of his companion for series 10 has been cast, though he isn’t telling us…who.

Speaking with the Brazilian website Omelette (via EW), Capaldi confirmed the new companion had been cast and, apparently, has already gotten to work:

“Obviously I know who that is and we’ve been doing a bit of work together already, and it’s very exciting. Because it’s a very different sort of take on it.”

As far as we know, shooting for the new series (or even the Christmas special) has not begun yet, so we aren’t completely sure what Capaldi means by “a bit of work together”. It could be that he worked with some of the candidates for the role during the audition process to make sure they got the right fit. Or perhaps it’s someone he’s worked with previously on another project.

Whoever the new companion is, we’re intrigued to see their “very different sort of take on it.”

“Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor. It was conceived as a human connected to your timeline, and so had access to the cosmic nature of the Doctor,” Capaldi explained. “She understood a little about how he was. And as she was already with Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor.”

It’s good to see the show getting back to its roots in a way with this take on the companion role. Clara was pretty divisive among the fanbase, and I think part of the problem was that her adventures with The Doctor didn’t carry the fun spirit that previous companions like Rose or Amy had. Things got pretty dark under Moffat’s watch, and while there’s nothing wrong with that inherently (certainly Doctor Who has had plenty of dark moments dating all the way back to William Hartnell days), it could behoove the new creative team to get back to the basics with regards to The Doctor’s adventures through space and time.

Obviously we don’t know who the new companion will be, but Capaldi hinted that an announcement could be coming soon. We’re looking forward to seeing who will be jumping into the TARDIS next year.

Doctor Who will air its annual Christmas special this winter, with series 10 coming in the spring of 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for updates – right here on GeekNation.

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