With long-running appearances in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road under her belt, rumours this morning suggest that the Eleventh Doctor’s new companion isn’t Sophia Myles, but young Blackpool actress Jenna-Louise Coleman!
Now it wouldn’t be the first time that tabloids have got it wrong, but let’s cast our minds back to 2009 when Matt Smith was unveiled as the Doctor. A relative nobody (despite some critically acclaimed performances) his casting came from left-field for many who were expecting a more established name.
Coleman was cast as vicar’s niece Jasmine Thomas in the ITV countryside soap Emmerdale in 2005 during which time she was involved in a number of storylines, including a murder for which her character was imprisoned (apparently a rare occurence in soap land) and was nominated for several soapy awards. Subsequently she has been a recurring character in Doctor Who’s unlikely awards competitor, Waterloo Road, where she played “hard girl”, Lindsay James.
Before Doctor Who returns to screens you can catch Coleman in Julian Fellowe’s new ITV drama Titanic, where she plays Annie Desmond, or you might purchase Captain America: The First Avenger in which she also appears, or hold on for Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, a show with credentials so serious you can forgive her soap background if you’re that way inclined.
Despite the attraction of Sophia Myles – who is clearly involved in the new series one way or another – being cast as the Doctor’s companion, could it be that she has been a red herring while Jenna-Louise Coleman is prepared for her unveiling later today?