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The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

Meet the Doctor’s New Companion: Jenna-Louise Coleman


The news is out, and we now know who will step into the TARDIS with the Doctor after the Ponds’ journey comes to an end. British actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has been chosen as the Doctor’s new companion, her first appearance coming just as the show winds up to its landmark 50th anniversary. Coleman beat out “hundreds” of other actresses for the role, and Steven Moffat says that she is the perfect match for Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor: “It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now.” Oh, really? Not even her name? … Actually, no, we still don’t know what her character’s name is. But we can tell you more about Jenna-Louise Coleman. Come inside! Meet us in the immediate future, right after the jump!

The BBC is touting Coleman’s casting as a very big deal, mainly because of the aforementioned 50th anniversary season that will air in 2013. However, her introduction will follow what is being described as a “heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages,” referring to the final season with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). So, basically, Steven Moffat is going to trap us all in the TARDIS, turn the TARDIS into a glass case of emotion, and then allow us — and the Doctor — to pick up the pieces with this mysterious new companion. Mysterious? That’s what Moffat tells us:

“Who [Coleman is] playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”

The announcement came in a series of tweets from the official Doctor Who account, one of which stated that Coleman’s character would be introduced in her inaugural season’s Christmas special. A few more details were revealed via Twitter, including how Coleman had Smith trying to “keep up” with her. Another rather crucial one? Here comes your spoiler text, and you have been warned: Moffat says that Amy and Rory will leave us “in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.” Spoiler text ends here.

So, what about Coleman? Why we don’t know her character’s name yet, we do know a bit about the woman herself. She is best known for her roles on the British soap opera Emmerdale and the BBC drama Waterloo Road. On the big screen, she had a role in Captain America: The First Avenger (IMDb says she played “Connie”). Across the pond, she will soon be featured in roles in ITV1‘s Titanic series (as Annie Desmond) and Dancing on the Edge for BBC2. She offered the following statement on her newest role, sure to be her biggest to date:

“I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”

Welcome aboard, Jenna-Louise Coleman! Get ready for everyone to have incredibly mixed feelings about your new character, and then, most likely, fall deeply in love with you.

Now — how many incarnations of the Doctor will she be traveling time and space with?

ETA: Here is a video interview with Coleman:

(via The Doctor Who Official Tumblr, BBC America)

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  • http://twitter.com/Das_Pooch John Paduch

    Oh, come on! Seriously? (re – the spoiler) I thought they had put Amy and Rory’s story to rest, already.. gaaaaahh.. this is not good. >_>

  • Victoria Eden

    I can’t believe anything Steven Moffat says. You’ve fooled me before, Moffat. Never again!

  • Anonymous

    Considering that this is Moffat and the girl is very, very pretty…

    A young River Song?

  • Francesca M

    DON’T YOU HURT RORY! /cry

  • http://twitter.com/zenoferic Erica Throne

    I don’t think so, because we know she was a black girl (Mels) growing up with Amy and Rory from childhood to teenager. She only ever regenerated twice, the second time into the River Song we know best.

  • http://twitter.com/MattCox Matthew Cox

    I think everyone ought to chill just a minute and remember that Moffat lies. So when he says he “means it this time,” it’s more than likely a bigger indicator that he’s lying. Hard to picture the Doctor enduring something as tragic as one of, or both of, the Ponds, and then picking up a new companion one episode later as if nothing had happened.

  • http://www.kittylili.com/ KittyLili

    Eleven is silly enough as it is. Do we really need someone else making everything even sillier? Not that I don’t love Eleven, but come on. He is great “serious” too.

  • Anonymous

    It’s already been confirmed that Amy & Rory will be leaving in a confrontation with the Weeping Angels, and that disappoints me no end. I mean, their last appearance definitively ended the race (as well as adding a contradiction–in “Blink”, you weren’t supposed to take your eyes off them; now you weren’t supposed to look at them–WHICH WAS IT??) But Moffat just can’t resist picking things back up and screwing with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003320918075 Joshua Laney

    she’s done it three or more times because at the end of Day of the Moon theres a seen it new york were a young girl regenerates

  • Anonymous

    Actually, we don’t know if she regenerated from the little girl on the street into “Mels” directly, but wouldn’t have traveled with the Doctor like this, since “Mels” indicated it was her first time meeting Amy’s “raggedy Doctor”.

    With luck, she’ll be the personification of The First Question, or perhaps somehow related to Jenny. Now if Moffat was feeling particularly clever, this would be his 12th incarnation hitching a ride until he regenerates into her, dropping the confused and freshly regenerated Doctor off on the planet he picked her up on initially.

  • Anonymous

    An alleged 200 years and a sonic screwdriver upgrade passed between two episodes when he thought he was going to die last time. He could just as easily be in his 300th year moping over the Ponds when he meets the new companion.

  • Anonymous

    You have to look at them to keep them from moving, but getting the image of one in your retina = an image of an angel. Presumably the difference is that she stared at an image on a light-projecting screen rather than an object with normal light reflection. As to “definitively ended the race”, keep in mind that they were sucked into the cracks in the universe that blew up and that Amy, whose mind was used to bring the Doctor and her family back, feared them enough that her room in the Minotaur’s hotel contained an angel. She would have accidentally brought them back into the new universe during the Big Bang 2 event.

  • Anonymous

     And wouldn’t it be really neat if they made her a ginger for that!

  • http://twitter.com/zenoferic Erica Throne

    I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing no. I mean, presuming that she’d never regenerated when she was with the Silence and grew into that little girl (that wasn’t long after her first escape, it seemed, as it was the same girl that Amy shot in the space suit), and knowing that she was a child about the same age or just a bit older when she met Amy and Rory, I think we can assume with relative ease that she’d only regenerated the once in her childhood. And we know for a fact she goes from Mels directly to River Song.

    You know, barring the original series, the Doctor has never become a *great* deal older or younger when he regenerates. So I doubt he can regenerate into an adolescent at this point. It also seems River does age, as a humans tend to do, even though she’s regenerated (Alex Kingston does appear older than the actress who played the young Mels, but I think she was meant to represent a younger River as well when we first “met” her). I doubt she would’ve been as long-lived as a Time Lord even if she didn’t give up her remaining regenerations. She’s still human, after all.

    So for River to be this young woman as well, she would have had to have regenerated from a 20-something to a child again. But as the Gonzol reminds us, we do know she first met the Doctor in person as Mels. So that at least rules out this girl being a pre-Mels incarnation completely if this girl is going to be a companion. Not unless you’re going to argue some kind of memory loss. But we both know that would be stretching it.I wouldn’t completely put it past Moffat to somehow make this a regeneration that comes after River’s “death.” This is sci fi, after all, and in sci fi anything’s possible. So why not a fresh new body for River Song to slip her computerized brain into?But I really thing it’s EXTREMELY unlikely this is River Song.

  • Anonymous

    IIRC that wasn’t her room though…it was the weird mousy/let’s surrender guys room.

  • http://twitter.com/StreetSpiritPic StreetSpirit Photo

    No point commenting on the character yet, and I have almost no knowledge of the actress, other than her brief Captain America appearance but I only have two points: firstly, zero points for originality in once again casting a young, pretty girl (unless it turns out she’s alien, or from the far future, in which case good job) and Steven Moffat’s comments that “Who [Coleman is] playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” just sound to me like it’s going to be the entire show centered around the companion.  Again.  We’ll never know if Matt Smith is a good Doctor, because it’s not the Doctor’s show any more.

  • http://twitter.com/Imuplateagain Rachel

    I swear, If you kill rory moffet, I will make a hate websight dedicated to you in witch we will plot our revenge and affter months of dark plotting, we will buy you a kitty, we will allow you to fall in love with this kitty then in the dead of night when your sound asleep we will sneak into your house and PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE!