Jenna-Louise Coleman to Play Doctor Who’s New Companion

Jenna-Louise Coleman (Getty Images)

Jenna-Louise Coleman (Getty Images)

Earlier today, BBC America announced that Jenna-Louise Coleman is being cast as the new companion to Matt Smith‘s title character in “Doctor Who.” Coleman is replacing Karen Gillan, who will be departing the show in the upcoming season “in a heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages,” according to a BBCA press release.

Coleman previously starred in the British series “Waterloo Road” and “Emmerdale” and was on the big screen in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” In the press release, she said, “I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”

“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen,” executive producer Steven Moffat says in the release “Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. 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.”

This is the 50th anniversary of the original season (or series, in Brit terms) of “Doctor Who” is coming in 2013, and the seventh season of this current incarnation will be leading up to that celebration, with what the network promises is “14┬ábig, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.”

Watch the last “Doctor Who” Christmas special here.

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