Jenna-Louise Coleman Cast as New Doctor Who Companion

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Jenna-Louise Coleman has landed one of the most sought after roles on television.

The 25-year old British actress as been cast on Doctor Who as the title character's new companion. She will replace Karen Gillian on the BBC smash after that long-time star departs later this year. Said Coleman in a statement:

"I'm beyond excited, I can't wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt [Smith] I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure."

Doctor Who Companion

Doctor Who was rebooted in 2005 and past companions, aside from Gillian, have been played by Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate.

"It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together we knew we had our girl," said executive producer Steven Moffat of the casting. "She's funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS."

So, how will her character debut? Moffat simply teased that "even by the Doctor's standards" this won't be the "usual boy meets girl."

And how will Gillian's Amy, along with Arthur Darvill's Rory, be written out? The producer said their final episode will be the fifth of season seven and that "not everyone gets out alive."

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