The BBC have announced that the new co-star to appear alongside Matt Smith in Doctor Who is to be Jenna-Louise Coleman, who joins the show in the sixth episode this year, due to be shown at Christmas.
The actress was announced via the BBC’s Doctor Who feed on Twitter, which also included some quotes. Jenna-Louise said: “I want to get started already. I’m a huge fan of the show.« Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together.«“; and on her favourite companion, “Between Billie Piper and Karen Gillan”. Lead writer Steven Moffat said: “We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt – he had to keep up!«“
Expanding on this in the press release, he said:
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.
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.
The twenty-five-year-old actress played Jasmine Thomas in the long running soap Emmerdale between 2005 and 2009, and has also appeared in series five of the BBC’s award-winning Waterloo Road as Lindsay Jones, and will be seen on television this coming Sunday in the ITV mini-series Titanic as Annie Desmond. Her debut in film came with the role of Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger, and she has also lent her voice to the English version of the game Xenoblade Chronicles.
It was also confirmed that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will depart in episode five, with Steven Moffat saying: “Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time”«“.
After the six episodes this year, a further eight will be broadcast next year, though no other details of the 50th Anniversary have been revealed as yet. Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, added:
As we approach Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary it’s great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style.