Jenna Coleman has confirmed that she is leaving “Doctor Who” this upcoming season.
The actress, who played a companion to the Doctor’s eleventh and twelfth incarnations, revealed that she is exiting the show to play the role of Queen Victoria in an ITV drama series.
Jenna Coleman had been a cast of “Doctor Who” since 2012, playing alongside then-Doctor Matt Smith. She confirmed the news via a BBC radio interview with Nick Grimshaw, saying, “I have left the Tardis. It’s happened. I’ve filmed my last scenes.”
She continued: “It’s been in the works for a very long time. [Writer] Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story.” She added: “We’re not going to give any details but it will happen at some point this season… We worked out a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it.”
On Twitter, Jenna Coleman said of her exit from the show: “Adventures to last me a lifetime. Thank you @bbcdoctorwho. But as they say ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’.”
“Doctor Who” returns with 12 new episodes on September 19 on BBC America with Peter Capaldi reprising his role as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams will be joining the cast as a brand new character, while Alex Kingston is set to be back in the upcoming Christmas special.
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