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Thursday, September 17

Nerd News | Jenna Coleman "quits" Doctor Who

Thursday, September 17

According to BBC News:

Jenna Coleman is expected to leave the hit BBC series Doctor Who later this year.

It is thought the actress will make her last appearance as Clara Oswald before the Christmas special, which sees the return of Alex Kingston as River Song. ...

The Mirror reports that her next role will be as Queen Victoria in a major ITV drama series.

The article goes on to say:
Filming starts this month and it is understood that Coleman has already filmed her final scenes for Doctor Who, which returns to BBC One on Saturday.

Rumours of the star's departure circulated last year, after a cliffhanger in the series eight finale, "Death In Heaven."

Fans had to wait until the end of the Christmas Day special to find out whether Coleman's character would return.

Chief writer Steven Moffat later confirmed the actress had initially asked to be written out of the drama.

"That was her last episode," he said. "Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, 'OK, I'll write you out in Christmas.'"

"She came to the read through and did the 'write out' version - and again changed her mind."
Can I get a:

As I semi-ranted to poor, unsuspecting Kristin in a comment on a different post, Clara drives me nuts. I liked her when she was in the two previous episodes before becoming a full-time companion, but rarely have I liked her since.

The Mister describes the issue with Clara (that we share) as her having broken the typical Doctor-companion dynamic. Where, with other companions, you could put yourself in their shoes and go along for the ride, you can't do that with Clara. She's too "important" of a character to feel like an avatar for the viewer. And, in losing that, we've lost the strong connection we had to the show/the Doctor's adventures and are now stuck merely watching the action.

To be fair, I can't blame the quality of the show completely on the character of Clara—the writers, directors, showrunners, etc. (i.e., Moffat) all have a part to play in making a show great—but I'm really looking forward to a new companion.

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