After much rumour and speculation, actress Jenna Coleman has confirmed she’s quit ‘Doctor Who’ and has already filmed her final scenes.
The star who’s played the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald since 2012 revealed all to Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 breakfast show telling him, “I have left the Tardis, it’s happened already, I’ve filmed my last scenes,” adding her exit had “been in the works for a very long time”.
I still believe I have a key to the Tardis. It’s been so much fun, I loved it, it’s been really special.— Jenna Coleman
“Stephen (Moffat) and I sat down a year ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place to tell a really good story,” she explained, “so hopefully that’s what we’ve done.
“We sat down last year and worked a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it.”
Coleman has moved on to star in a lavish new eight-part ITV drama where she’ll play a young Queen Victoria. The show, which is due to air in 2016, will cover the major life events of the UK’s second-longest reigning monarch.
She confessed to Grimmy that she’s currently in denial about leaving the BBC’s hit sci-fi drama which returns to our screens this Saturday.
Above: The official Doctor Who Twitter account’s tribute
“I really don’t feel like I’ve left,” she said. “Because I see Peter (Capaldi) and Matt (Smith) all the time I still believe I have a key to the Tardis. It’s been so much fun, I loved it, it’s been really special.”
It’s yet not clear when Coleman’s last scenes will air during the 12-part series, but judging from the departures of the Doctor’s previous companions, it’s sure to be emotional.
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