As we broke late last night, Jenna Louise Coleman has been confirmed at the next companion on Doctor Who.
She will make her first appearance in the 2012 Christmas Special.
Here is her first interview with the BBC after the casting announcement:
From the BBC Press Release:
Jenna-Louise Coleman has beaten hundreds of hopefuls to become the new companion to Doctor Who, it was announced today by Steven Moffat.
Twenty-five year old Jenna from Blackpool will star alongside the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, to mark the biggest year in the show’s history.
Best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James), Jenna will replace Karen Gillan when she and Arthur Darvill bow out of the show in a heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages later this year on BBC One.
Jenna says: “I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”
The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year – full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Series seven is currently filming and comprises 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.
Also, along with the companion announcement were several others related to the show. One which fans will not be happy about.
It’s now been confirmed that Doctor Who Series 7 will be split into two parts. The first six episodes, including the Christmas special, will air in late 2012. The remaining 8 episodes will air sometime in 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversayr of Doctor Who.
Showrunner Stephen Moffat also confirmed that the Daleks and the Weeping Angels will return at some point in Series 7.