While she’s the longest running Companion of the Dr in recent years she’s actually a far cry behind the 8 years that Ace was Sylvester McCoy’s Companion and if she is leaving than the writers have quite a bit left to tie up in The Impossible Girl’s storyline.
Right now the rumours seem to be holding that the Christmas Special, which will see the return of fan favorite Professor River Song, played by Alex Kingston, will be Jenna Coleman’s final appearance in Dr. Who.
While ITV says it’s not making “any announcements about casting presently”, Jenna’s next project is likely to be taking on the role of a young Queen Victoria in ITV’s 8 part mini-series about the second longest reigning monarch of the British throne.
The BBC has also declined to confirm Coleman’s departure from Doctor Who.
It won’t be the first time that rumours on her departure have circulated. Last year after a cliffhanger in the series eight finale, Death In Heaven, it was said she was leaving and this was actually confirmed by Steven Moffat.
“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.”
“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version.
“Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
We’ll just have to wait for the confirmation to come from the BBC.
Season 9 of Dr. Who is set to begin on September 19th.