The only constant is change, and that statement is particularly true when it comes to Doctor Who. We’ve known for a few months that current companions Amy and Rory would be departing soon, and BBC recently confirmed the identity of the newest companion. Jenna-Louise Coleman will replace Amy Pond in the TARDIS.
Producer Steven Moffat made the announcement about the 25 year old actress; he also confirmed she’ll make her first appearance in the Christmas special. Though it will sneak up fast, you still have time with Amy and Rory. Even if you’re sad, maybe Moffat’s comments about Coleman will cheer you up:
“It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the Tardis,” Moffat said.
“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. 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.”
The BBC said the Doctor will meet Coleman’s character in a “dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year”.
Other than it not being me (no, I’m not an actress but that’s not relevant), I’m not disappointed. I’ve come to like Amy Pond and adore Rory Williams, but it’s the nature of the show. You can’t get too attached to actors when you know they’ll change. It’s almost part of the deal of watching Doctor Who (though I still reserve the right to have a tantrum when Matt Smith leaves). Coleman’s experienced, and if Moffat feels good about the decision, I trust him. It doesn’t mean I’ll like her right away, but I’m willing to give her a chance.