New Companion Unveiled for ‘Doctor Who’

U.K. actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has won one of the most coveted television roles in the world, beating out hundreds of hopefuls to become the new companion to the Doctor himself (Matt Smith) on the perennial classic series ‘Doctor Who’.

Coleman is best known to viewers overseas for her roles in the U.K. TV productions of ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Waterloo Road’, but besides her turn as the new companion, American viewers will get to know her in the upcoming ‘Titanic’ mini-series from ‘Downton Abbey’ mastermind Julian Fellowes. She also had a role in last year’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.

Coleman will replace current companion Amy Pond – as played by actress Karen Gillan when Amy and husband Rory (Arthur Darvill) leave the show in what is being called a “heartbreaking departure”.

As anyone can imagine, Jenna says she is “beyond excited (and) can’t wait to get cracking. She continues saying, “working alongside Matt, I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”

The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year; a year that will be full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Season seven is currently filming and will consist of 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.

Lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat shares the following: “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”.

Coleman will make her debut in the always much-anticipated Christmas episode of ‘Doctor Who’.