The Doctor is about to meet a new friend. The iconic BBC series Doctor Who
announced today that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has been cast as the new companion for Matt Smith's Doctor.
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Coleman is a British actress known for her roles in Emmerdale
. She also has a large role in the upcoming new Titanic
miniseries from Downton Abbey
creator Julian Fellowes. She will play Annie Desmond, a steward on the ill-fated ship. American audiences can see her when the four-part miniseries debuts on ABC on Saturday, April 14 at 8pm.
The new companion will replace long-time favorites Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as Amy and Rory, who will end their time with the Doctor after a few more adventures in the upcoming season.
The seventh season of Doctor Who
is scheduled for the end of 2012. There will be five new episodes this year (likely the end of the Amy-Rory saga) and one Christmas special (most likely where Coleman's new companion will be introduced). The final eight episodes of Doctor Who
season 7 will air in 2013.Doctor Who
executive producer Steven Moffat describes the new companion as someone who talks even faster than the Doctor himself, providing quite a formidable partner in crime. He adds, "Who she's playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor's standards, this isn't your usual boy meets girl."
As a huge Who fan, it will be very hard to say goodbye to Amy and Rory. But it's important to keep an open mind. I thought the show was doomed when David Tennant left, but now I positively adore Matt Smith, so hopefully this new companion will have the same effect.(Image courtesy of BBC)