Jenna Coleman has confirmed that her time traveling days are coming to an end and the upcoming ninth season of Doctor Who will be her last.
Rumors that the actress, who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald, would be leaving the show surfaced earlier this week. The Mirror reported that Coleman decided not to return to the popular sci-fi series after landing a role as Queen Victoria in a high-budget ITV drama.
Now Coleman herself has spoken out about the rumors, announcing on BBC Radio that she’d “left the TARDIS – it’s happened.”
Speaking to Radio 1 Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw, she confirmed that leaving the show and current Doctor Peter Capaldi was indeed “emotional”.
“It’s been in the works for a very long time,” she told the host, “[Writer] Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story.
She continued, “We’re not going to give any details but it will happen at some point this season… We worked out a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it.”
Fans still have a little time to spend with Clara before her departure. Doctor Who returns with a two-parter, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”, September 19th, 2015 at 9/8c on BBC America.
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