After months of rumors and assertions that Jenna Coleman would be leaving “Doctor Who” at the end of the Christmas special it appears that her character Clara Oswald will continue to travel with The Doctor.
BBC remained mum on the subject merely telling fans they had to wait till the special, “Last Christmas,” which aired on Christmas day, to find out if she would return for the next season.
Coleman told the BBC,
“I get a whole other [season] of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved. There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other. The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”
Peter Capaldi, the actor who currently portrays the 12th Doctor, commented as well,
“I’m thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”
“Last Christmas” also featured guest star Nick Frost aptly playing Santa Claus himself.
The duo will return in the next season with the first episode titled, “The Magician’s Apprentice.”