Jenna Joins Social Network: Has She Quit Doctor Who?

It has been a long held fact that the cast of Doctor Who, the main cast regulars at least, are not usually found on social media, no while they are still active on the show. This was true for companion of the moment Jenna Coleman too, who had a twitter account as far back as 2012, but had never actually posted anything on it.

Until now.

Yes, sparking a wave of whispered conspiracies Jenna has taken not only to Twitter, but also instagram where she has already amassed a legion of over 11,000 fans (including Kasterborous!) plus an additional 6000 over on Twitter (including Kasterborous!). Not bad for accounts that only have two posts.

Jenna’s inaugural posts have been from the Seoul leg of the Series 8 world tour starting with this rather stunning cake.

This was followed by a shot of Seoul itself with the phrase “Seoul… Boo”

While having someone who is so integral to the series active on two of the biggest social media platforms of the moment is a definite boon for the fan world (potentially anyway, just look at what Barrowman gets up to on the set of Arrow!) the question remains: why now?

Maybe it is just so we can get a glimpse at the fun and games of the world tour as it progresses, but if that is the case why start at Seoul, why not London, or better yet, at the world premiere in Cardiff? Perhaps no one thought of it until then, but perhaps there is more to it as many fans are speculating.

The other major reason, say many,  that we could be seeing Jenna now being allowed on social media is that she in no longer an active member of the cast. Could it be that we will not be seeing any more of Clara after Series 8? I for one certainly hope not, she has rapidly become my favourite companion since Donna Noble and to loose her so soon would be a tragedy. Story details have been kept very well guarded for this run (we know a handful of titles and we have seen set pics showing creatures, but there is a whole unknown series out there) so it could easily be the final one for Jenna. While we still have the Christmas special still to shoot, if she is moving on, does that mean we could be getting a new companion come Chrimbo?

See how quickly these things can spiral into speculative madness?

We’re is hoping that this is nothing more than the Beeb taking the chance to get a bit more publicity out there under the guise of a personal profile, rather than signalling the ringing of the Cloister Bell for one of the better companions of recent years. Of course, in previous years, Karen Gillan only joined Twitter after she left  the show, while Arthur Darvill – like Samuel Anderson – already had an account when he joined. Matt Smith relied on his mum and sister for tweets relating to him, and David Tennant and his co-stars stayed away from social networking with the exception of Billie Piper who has joined more recently.

Could it be that there is a contractual block on cast members joining social networks?

How do you feel about ‘Twittergate’? Do you think the end is nigh for Clara, or see it all as another arm of the Beeb reaching out for publicity?

Perhaps you have some other idea what all this could be about. Whatever your thoughts, we want to hear them. Drop us a message below and get chatting, you know we love a good gossip.

(Via Digital Spy.)


'Jenna Joins Social Network: Has She Quit Doctor Who?' have 10 comments

  1. August 12, 2014 @ 9:27 am Sutekh'sGiftOfUnlimitedRicePudding

    This is nonsense. If you actually look at her Twitter account, you can see it was set up in 2012, she just never posted anything with it until recently, and yes it’s obvious that posting now is because of the world tour, either because someone in marketing suggested it or, you know, she just thought of it herself. “She’s on Twitter because she’s leaving” is certainly a bigger leap of logic than “she’s on Twitter because of the big marketing world tour she’s on at the moment.”
    Even if she does leave at Christmas, that has nothing to do with her being on Twitter. The logic in that argument falls down as she still has at least Christmas to film, so surely she’d be on there after that.
    And the fact that Samuel Anderson (as well as many other members of the production crew, such as writers – Mark Gatiss, for one directors and editors) has been tweeting away all year proves there isn’t a social media ban. What everyone does sign is an None-Disclosure Agreement, so they can go on social media, but they can’t give away any secrets.


  2. August 12, 2014 @ 11:17 am clockworkcarol

    Fandom doesn’t half come up with some pish.


  3. Christian Cawley

    August 12, 2014 @ 12:19 pm Christian Cawley

    Very disappointed to have had to read some quite rude comments, as well as a personal attack on the author, Danny, as well as one critical of this website.

    I would point these commenters here:

    Let’s just take a moment, shall we? Danny has written a speculative piece, asking a quite legitimate question. Let us also not forget that Jenna started on Doctor Who back in 2012, so she’s been with the show for a while and not done much in the gaps.

    It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that she has moved on. Sure, the social networking thing isn’t evidence, but it’s a nice hook and gives us the chance to share her feeds in an interesting way.

    Don’t like it? Don’t worry; there’ll be something else to read along soon :)


  4. August 12, 2014 @ 12:38 pm Paddy

    While I don’t disagree that this theory is a bit of a reach, I hardly think it warrants quite such a negative response. The timing coinciding with the world tour seems more likely. It is true that it also coincides with the wrapping of filming. I’d have thought that, if there were bans on cast members using social media, it would be for spoiler or reputational protection – in both instances you would expect the ban to be effective until the show had actually aired.


  5. August 12, 2014 @ 2:13 pm Al

    Maybe I hit a time warp but my recollection is Karen was on Twitter long before she left the series. This is 2014. If anything one’s absence from social media should be the sinister sign.


  6. August 12, 2014 @ 2:48 pm Rick

    Does anyone else think that cake figure looks more like Amy than Clara?


  7. August 12, 2014 @ 4:19 pm Lena

    I personally have been aware of her Twitter account since last years Comic Con.
    When Nathan Fillion tweeted about (or followed.. I can’t remember) Richard Madden (Jenna’s boyfriend). His account had been inactive until recently aswell.
    A quick search through is following list brought me to jenna’s account. She already had been following about 8 people and had some tweets favorited.
    So when Richard started tweeting, I looked for Jenna’s account (which was pretty much confirmed then to be real) and slowly over the past weeks she followed more people (in just three weeks she followed about 5 new people) so it was pretty obvious to me that she was active.

    So my guess is that a) her boyfriend told her how great Twitter is and b) it is a great way to promote show futher.


  8. August 12, 2014 @ 8:34 pm DonnaM

    It’s a perfectly legitimate speculation but to me it seems just as likely to me that the BBC might have relaxed any rule they might have had, given the ubiquity of social media these days. Sam Anderson has been posting throughout filming; various directors and writers likewise. Rachel Talalay only started using an existent account after it was confirmed she would be working on the show. When all around are tweeting with gay abandon…

    I hope she isn’t about to leave, but if she does I won’t be overly surprised, Twitter account or no Twitter account :-)


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