As Christmas arrived, Doctor Who fans gathered around their television screens to see whether or not the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), would be saying good-bye to the long-running science fiction series.
After months of speculation and a cryptic statement from the network, Clara’s fate was sealed at the end of the yearly Christmas episode last night.
The outcome of the episode, which had fans under the impression that Clara would be leaving the Doctor for good, was just a facade and Clara would in fact be staying by the Doctor’s side at least for another season. Coleman went ahead and confirmed the news after the episode aired on BBC America.
“I get a whole other series [season] of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved,” said Coleman.
“I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”
Talks of Coleman’s departure began when current showrunner, Steven Moffat, had revealed that only Peter Capaldi had signed on for the next season.
U.K. tabloids then began to report that Coleman has changed her mind about leaving the franchise and was slated to continue her role on the show. While fans debated about Coleman and her decision, the BBC urged fans to tune into the Christmas episode for an answer.
The fate of The Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald on Doctor Who has been up in the air for several months since it was reported that actress Jenna Coleman would be saying good bye to the series before the next season begins.
The new season of the show, featuring the Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, has wrapped up for the year with only the annual Christmas special left. Coincidentally, the 2013 Christmas special had fans say good bye to the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) after several years of manning the TARDIS.
When asked about the speculation that Coleman would be leaving the show, current showrunner Steven Moffat had recently reveal that only Peter Capaldi had signed on for the next season, fueling rumors that Coleman would in fact be exiting the series before the year ends.
Responding to UK tabloid which reported that the actress has changed her mind and decided to stay on board the long-running sci-fi series, the BBC has responded that Coleman and her character’s fate will be addressed during the Christmas episode which is slated to air on BBC America on Christmas Day.
“Viewers will have to watch the Christmas episode to find out,” the network responded.
In other words, Whovians are exactly where they were when the rumors began; wondering if a new companion will be coming in and Clara will be exiting out.
Whovians can now rejoice because the Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald will be coming to a telly near you this August. For what seemed like a century, or a boring, suburaban day for the Doctor, the show has been on hiatus. The last time we saw our favorite Time Lord, he had regenrated into his new persona, the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and was complaining about the color of his kidneys; our dear Clara was too shell-shocked to speak.
Since the official season finale, there have been no new episodes of the series. There were two specials though, the 50th anniversay which brought us three Doctors and Bad Wolf as well as the annual Christmas special where this year, the Sonic Screwdriver was officially handed down from Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith to Capaldi.
After five months, the BBC and BBC America have been nice enough to give fans a 15-second teaser, which is greatly appreciated because behind-the-scene photos just are not cutting it anymore. Check out the teaser.
Doctor Who is slated to return in August, but when exactly, only he (and the BBC) will know.
On the seventh day of Christmas, the BBC gave to me (us); a thirty-second teaser of “The Time of the Doctor. ”
Watch as the Doctor and Clara get all domestic and try to cook a turkey. Of course, neither is the wiser when it comes to cooking the poultry and Clara tells the Doctor to use his Sonic Screwdriver and “app” it. Apparently, the Screwdriver doesn’t do turkey, but a time machine does.