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Jenna-Louise Coleman confirmed as Doctor Who companion

Jenna-Louise Coleman

Story by Jack Foley

JENNA-Louise Coleman has landed the coveted role of the Time Lord’s new companion in Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

The former Emmerdale actress will replace Karen Gillan’s character Amy Pond when she leaves the show in the next series, according to an announcement from producer Steven Moffat.

Coleman, 25, has also appeared in the BBC’s Waterloo Road and is also set to appear in Julian Fellowes’ four part mini-series Titanic for ITV.

She commented: “I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to get cracking.”

Coleman will make her first appearance in the Christmas special of Doctor Who. Shooting on the new series starts later this year with Matt Smith set to reprise his role as the Doctor.

Commenting on Coleman’s casting, Moffat said: “It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the Tardis.

“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.”

The BBC added the Doctor will meet Coleman’s character in a “dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year”.

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