Following the broadcast of the annual Christmas special, Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman has put fans out of their misery and confirmed she’ll be returning for the ninth series of the long-running BBC series. Coleman has previously hinted that her time in the TARDIS might be coming to an end, speaking to BBC News Coleman has announced she will be back for the forthcoming series.
“It’s wonderful, I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved. There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”
Like many of my fellow Whovians, I was a little unsure of what to make of Clara when she first took over from the delightful Ponds (Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill). The majority of the seventh series saw Clara being used as more of a narrative device than a character, once that side of her story had been told Clara was finally allowed to develop. In typical Doctor Who fashion, this divided opinions with some fans believing that series 8 was an overcorrect with Clara taking centre stage more than The Doctor. Whilst the recent series was a bit bumpy overall, I found Clara’s development to be long overdue and Jenna Coleman did fantastic work with a few really duff scripts. I adore Peter Capaldi’s take on The Doctor and am thrilled he is staying put in the TARDIS for at least another year.
This year’s seasonal special Last Christmas was a thunderously enjoyable hour of Doctor Who, and Nick Frost gave a rapturous performance as Santa Claus with a rather splendid script from show runner Steven Moffat. My opinion that Moffat should think about moving on, Last Christmas was an excellent reminder that when The Moff gets it right he knock it out of the solar system. Doctor Who has endured more than 50 years by renewing itself on both sides of the camera, a new show runner is just as vital to the longevity of the series as a change of actors. I know I speak for many Whovians when I say we would love to see a return of the multi-part serials the series thrived on in the past. Wouldn’t it be a magical thing if The Moff could weave a couple of three-part stories together, I’m all for the individual adventures with a running season arc but why not try something different.
Production on the ninth series commences in January with a broadcast date penciled in for late August.