Jenna Coleman will return to Doctor Who
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 December 2014
Jenna Coleman will star in the next series of 'Doctor Who', admitting she "couldn't walk away"
Jenna Coleman is returning to 'Doctor Who'.
The 28-year-old actress - who plays Clara Oswald in the BBC programme - has confirmed she will appear in series nine, ending rumours that she was set to quit.
She said: "It's wonderful - a whole other series of stories with the Doctor. I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved, there's so much more to do and I think [Clara and the Doctor] have finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.
"The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just dropped this bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally, totally change so I think, just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it's suddenly thrown something totally new up and I think the comeuppance of that and the story that we got to tell over the season has been thrilling."
Her co-star, Peter Capaldi, admitted he was "excited and delighted" when Jenna agreed to another series.
He said: "I think Jenna's been just fantastic and it's been such a pleasure to work with her - and especially for me as the new person onto the show, she's just been fantastic - and so I was so excited and delighted when she finally [agreed to stay]."
However, the decision wasn't straight forward as 'Doctor Who' showrunner, Steven Moffat, revealed.
Speaking to reporters at a Q&A after an early screening of the Christmas Day special, Steven said: "There was a certain amount of to-ing and fro-ing.
"I always think I'm quite good at winding up people on this but Jenna completely outplayed me when she said in an interview 'I'm not telling you if I'm staying or going because it's just more exciting'.
"And it occurred to us all that we don't start shooting until January so we could actually keep it a secret."