Update: The rumors, as it turns out, are true. Jenna Coleman has confirmed she’s leaving “Doctor Who.” In fact, she’s already gone. “I have left the TARDIS,” she says in an interview with BBC Radio 1. “I’ve filmed my last scenes.”
“Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place to tell a really good story,” she says.
As for when fans should expect it, all Coleman will say is it happens at some point in Season 9. If that’s true, then technically it would mean fans will say goodbye to Clara before the 2015 Christmas special, which will air after the Season 9 finale.
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It must be time for another “Doctor Who” season premiere because the rumors of Jenna Coleman leaving the show are popping back up.
It was first reported that Coleman would depart her role as companion Clara Oswald at the end of Season 8. Those rumors were later confirmed by showrunner Steven Moffat, who revealed Coleman was ready to walk away twice before deciding to stick with the series for Season 9.
Now, the Mirror — a British tabloid — says Coleman is ready to walk away from the BBC show after snagging a role as Queen Victoria in an upcoming British drama series.
According to the Mirror, the actress has already wrapped her time on “Doctor Who” and will say goodbye during the 2015 Christmas special. Whether that comes to pass or not remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Coleman and star Peter Capaldi have a season’s worth of adventures to go on. Buckle up, Whovians. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
“Doctor Who” returns Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.