The Doctor's new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The Doctor's new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat has announced, and the  BBC has confirmed, that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has landed the role of the Time Lord’s new companion in Doctor Who, replacing Karen Gillan’s character Amy Pond when she leaves the show in the upcoming production season.  Coleman, 25, has also appeared in Waterloo Road and Julian Fellowes’ four part mini-series Titanic.

The star said: “I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to get cracking.” Coleman, who will make her first appearance in the Christmas special, added that she is a “huge fan” of the show. The actress from Blackpool  revealed she auditioned alongside Matt Smith, who plays the 11th Doctor. Filming for the new series of Doctor Who began in Wales last month.  Smith will be returning as the Doctor; Coleman made her big-screen debut last year in Captain America: The First Avenger.

“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,” Moffat said.

“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,” Moffat said. “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.” The BBC said the Doctor will meet Coleman’s character in a “dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year”.

In December, Gillian announced she would be leaving the popular program, saying it had been a mutual decision between herself and producers. “We both opened up about where we were at with it and then came to the conclusion that this was the best time to go,” said Gillan.

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