Glimpses Through the Time Vortex

Note: the following bits of info are all from official BBC announcements and so I don’t consider them spoilers, but if you’re hyper-spoiler-averse, back away now.

Jenna-Louise Coleman

Jenna-Louise Coleman

We now know when, and to some extent how, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are leaving Doctor Who, and who’s replacing them in the “companion” role, namely Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Quoth the BBC:

There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.

Quoth Steven Moffat:

Amy and Rory will leave in the fifth episode that goes out, and it will be a final encounter with the Weeping Angels, and not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time! …

Peril for the Ponds?

Peril for the Ponds?

Jenna will be appearing first of all in the Christmas special. … It’s not the usual kind of story, it’s a very, very different way for the Doctor to meet his new friend. …

It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS. … We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt – he had to keep up! …

Moffat and Coleman

Moffat and Coleman

I think she’s possibly the only person I’ve ever heard go faster than Matt. It was the first time we were going, ‘My God, Matt’s trying to keep up!’ – it came to life as a partnership. We were so excited. … It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. …

Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.

More details here, here, here, and here.

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