Since her surprise early arrival in 2012’s Asylum of the Daleks, Jenna Coleman has been a primary fixture for the longrunning series. She’s been the official companion during the 50th anniversary celebrations, she’s worked alongside the two most recent Doctors, and she’s saved just about the rest. And now it’s the Impossible Girl’s time to pass the torch on to the next companion(s).
The BBC have officially confirmed her departure from the series yesterday. On the departure, Coleman had this to say: “It was emotional but it’s been in the works for a long time. Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year ago and decided the best way to tell the story and that’s what we’ve done.”
The notion of her leaving has long been in the making, as she mentions. The emotional finale of Series 8 teased the possibility, and it’s my opinion that that was supposed to be her original departure. However, they’ve chosen to prolong her stay. Interestingly the official BBC site states she’ll be leaving during Series 9, and not at the end of it. This could be a hint that the final episode(s) won’t feature her.
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The Mirror, an oft-wrong British tabloid, stated (just moments before the official statement) that Clara Oswald actually dies in episode 10, Face the Raven. That is given some credence by the fact that the next episode, Hell Bent, is rumored to be a companion free episode. However, take this news with a huge pinch of salt. If this is the case, it’ll be the first case of a companion ACTUALLY dying since the 2005 revamp. Rory doesn’t count.