Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NEWS: BBC Announces New Doctor Who Companion, New Scheduling

It's a busy day for Doctor Who fans, as the BBC has announces the casting of the Doctor's new companion, teases us about the final fate of the Ponds and announces the show's new broadcast schedule.

Be warned that there are spoilers ahead.

First up, Jenna-Louise Coleman has been confirmed as the Doctor's new companion.

The 25-year old actor, who is probably best known for her roles in ITV's Emmerdale (''they dropped the 'Farm' so they could fit in more action!'') and the upcoming penned-by-the-bloke-what-did-Downton-Abbey series, Titanic, will join Matt Smith in the TARDIS when current companions Amy and Rory (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, respectively) leave the show later this year - more on that in a moment.

The BBC's Official Doctor Who Twitter feed stated that Coleman, who is rumored to be playing a non-human companion, is ''a huge fan of the show'' and ''can't wait to get started... Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together.''

On the choice to cast Coleman, Writer, Producer and Showrunner Steven Moffat stated "We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt - he had to keep up!" 

As for the fate of Amy and Rory, Moffat stated: "Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in ep 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.''

In related news, the BBC also confirmed the show's scheduling plans. This year we'll see a run of six episodes, with a Christmas Special in, unsurprisingly, December in which Coleman's character will be introduced. This will then be followed by eight new episodes in 2013. As of yet no announcement has been made regarding the show's 50th Anniversary, which falls in 2013.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

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