Capaldi on Rumours Jenna Is Leaving

Peter Capaldi remained tactful when questioned over Jenna Coleman possibly leaving Doctor Who.

“I’m not looking for a new assistant,” he told Alex Jones and Matt Baker on The One Show when asked what characteristics his next companion should have. The Mirror reported earlier this week that Jenna is leaving the TARDIS at Christmas, but, as Capaldi went on, we don’t even know if she’ll survive the Series 8 finale, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven!

Well - spoilers! - we do: both she and Peter have been confirmed for this year’s festivities.

Nonetheless, his dismissal of the rumour is promising for those of us who love the Impossible Girl.

The One Show also exclusively revealed behind-the-scenes footage, taken from Doctor Who Extra, of the Twelfth Doctor’s first script read-through, during which he sat between Jenna and Dan Starkey, aka Strax. New companion, Samuel Anderson aka Danny Pink was also present…

“I’m influenced by the entire history of the show,” he continued, and then went on to praise his previous incarnations: “Both Matt [Smith] and David [Tennant] have been incredibly kind and helpful and supportive… Peter Davison has been absolutely lovely too.”

Furthermore, he was also presented with the Twelfth Doctor action figure, and pondered if he was fully articulated on the show!

He is, of course, promoting Deep Breath… which starts this Saturday!


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

'Capaldi on Rumours Jenna Is Leaving' have 5 comments

  1. August 21, 2014 @ 7:32 pm drewboynton

    Clara could definitely die in the finale… and then be a different Clara (or Oswin!) at Christmas… heck, and maybe even Series 9 as well (I hope)!


  2. August 21, 2014 @ 8:06 pm DonnaM

    I wouldn’t read too much into the remark that he’s not looking for a new companion, mostly because he won’t be: the executive producers and the casting director are there to do that :-)

    Has it been officially confirmed about Christmas? I recall a Moffat quote from the tour along the lines of making them work, doing the tour then starting on the special in September, but the cynic in me asks if names were directly named?

    I’ll be convinced Jenna is in the episode when I see set photos of her with Peter. Until then, though I want her to stay, I’ll think an earlier exit at least possible.


    • August 22, 2014 @ 2:22 am calliarcale

      It’s also entirely possible that she dies but a new companion is introduced int he finale — so he’s not looking for a new companion because he’s actually already got on. ;-) It’s a very tidy way of completely failing to answer the question at all, and I must commend him on it.


  3. August 21, 2014 @ 11:01 pm quigonj2014

    Ah, but if a Clara dies at Christmas, how do we not know that was an Impossible Girl version of her?


  4. August 22, 2014 @ 11:59 pm Rory

    I will be sad to see Clara leave (if these rumours are indeed true) – but the concept of ‘death’ in Dr Who is usually explored metaphorically and is rarely literal, particularly in the new series. Personally, I like the concept of an alien companion or a companion from another era. Would anyone else like to see the 70′s psychic Emma Grayling (from ‘Hide’) take a spin in the tardis?? Jessica Raine has strong WHO credentials (perhaps too strong?) – but I do find myself attracted to the concept of a character from the 70′s! – particularly one with UNIT knowledge…it could nurture some satisfying links to the classic era. The idea of an ‘empathic’ companion is also very interesting – I could forsee lots of intriguing mileage here in terms of plot. Psychic phenomenon has so often been given a timey-wimey explanation in who… A companion with a personality as volatile,unpredictable and mysterious as the Dr’s? – that could be interesting…


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