Is Jenna Coleman Returning to Doctor Who Soon?

Jenna Coleman has only just left her role as Clara Oswald, and she’s already been asked if she’ll return! Yep, as she’s setting off in a new big role – that of a young Queen Victoria in ITV’s upcoming costume drama about the Monarch – she’s had to respond to rumours about the last big show she left.

To be fair, those rumours were basically started by Peter Capaldi, aka the Twelfth Doctor, who teased that we’d not seen the last of Ms Oswald…

Coleman seemed surprised by his comments, and said:

“We had the exit in the works for so long. Who knows, in the future. But I think, at least for a good while, Clara is probably broken down somewhere in time and space, trying to understand how to work a TARDIS with Ashildr/Maisie [Williams]. You don’t want to unpick it, in any way. Steven [Moffat, showrunner] spoke about the exit for so long, and I think he did such a great job. From Face the Raven to the finale [Hell Bent] of twists and turns, I couldn’t really ask for anything more. It’s been an incredible three series. That was that unique time in my life, and that was amazing.”

Nice to hear she had such a great time on Doctor Who, but hardly surprising: she’s really embraced the show and its fans, and stayed for longer than expected (she left, for a bit, in Death in Heaven, returned the following episode, then was killed off in Face the Raven before being brought back for Hell Bent – and even did a cameo in Heaven Sent).

While I didn’t like her exit from the show, I think Clara was a wonderful companion (especially in Series 7 and 9), and her friendship with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi shines through in her performance. She goes on:

“Every two weeks [on Doctor Who were] so, so different, and you’re playing that story with an over-arching character. It really is the relationships with Matt and Peter that made that job everything that is it, and what they taught me as actors. They’re so uniquely wonderful. They’re really amazing friends.”

Victoria, an 8-part drama expected to continue into her later life for further series, is expected to screen on ITV and PBS later this year – feels like an autumn show to me.

  • TheLazyWomble

    Oh for goodness sake! I like Clara- a hell of a lot. But she has gone. Let her stay gone.

  • TimeChaser

    In a word… NO! In another word… DON’T! Can we just for cripes sake move on? Seriously, this is why Clara should have died, and I mean for real and stayed dead. This lingering, teasing, holding it over our heads… Moffat, I love, I do. But you really need to just let go sometimes and let characters actually die. It’s called life. People pass, and we move on. If the Doctor is just going to mess with the universe to keep people alive, then he’s just keeping the wound open. Let the man grieve and move on already, and us too.

    • Mark North

      Exactly what Clara and Ashildr were trying to tell Doctor 12 in Hell Bent…

  • Dr. Moo

    Of course Clara will be back, not in person (not yet anyway) but in spirit. The Doctor will spend the entire rest of his current lifetime bemoaning her absence and fawning over her that her replacement will never get to be as awesome as they potentially could have been when the Doctor treats them like dirt.

    Wait, hang on!

    • TimeChaser

      Keep hittin’ that sarcasm button, Moo. 😛

      Of course we can be reasonably certain that certain Misers Moffat and Capaldi are way beyond the childish emo tactics of another certain Mister Davies. While the Moff may have a hard time actually killing off major characters, we know there’s only room for one romance in his Who, and that’s Doctor/River.

      • TheLazyWomble

        “Misers”- Freudian slip?

        • TimeChaser

          Should be Misters, of course. More a slip on the keyboard. Thanks for catching that though, fixed it. 😉

          • TheLazyWomble

            Actually it got me thinking. Mr Capaldi would play an excellent Scrooge. I don’t mean that as a slight. A Christmas Carol is my favourite book. (The proper one, not that stuff that Mr Moff foisted on us) and some of my favourite actors have played Scrooge.

          • Dr. Moo

            Capaldi as Scrooge? That’s inspired casting!!!

          • TheLazyWomble

            We could cast the whole thing from Who actors. Arthur Darvill as Bob Cratchit? Tom Baker as the Spirit of Christmas Present? Not sure who we could cast as Jacob Marley.

          • Dr. Moo

            Tom Baker. That leaves Christmas Present freed up for Bernard Cribbens.

          • TheLazyWomble

            Yes that is a better Christmas Present. Not sure about Baker for Marley though, we need a Capaldi contemporary (ish)

          • TheLazyWomble

            Why not have Michael Gambon as Jacob Marley? There is a precedent for the same actor having played both (in different productions). Michael Hordern was Marley to Alastair Sim’s Scrooge and Scrooge opposite John LeMesurier as Marley in a BBC Christmas Ghost Story presentation (that also had Clive “Tomb of the Cybermen/ Paradise Towers” Merrison as Bob Cratchit”.

          • Dr. Moo
          • TheLazyWomble

            Where is it from?

          • Dr. Moo

            It’s a filming location image. Him and Pearl in Victorian garb.

          • TheLazyWomble

            He seems very comfortable in Victorian garb.

          • TheLazyWomble

            Doctor Who actors who have played Bob Cratchit: Clive Merrison; Richard E Grant & David Warner.

          • Ranger

            Brilliant Womble. You should be a casting director

          • TheLazyWomble

            I think you should know that I have just rewatched the second half of the last season and my opinion of Peter Capaldi has changed. He IS the Doctor- and a damned fine one. Possibly not my favourite but, as the Brig was fond of saying, “fine chap all of them”.
            (I prefer “Hell Bent” to “Heaven Sent” though.

          • Ranger

            He is great isn’t he? I keep vacillating between him, Tom and Patrick, depending on who I’ve just watched. On a bit of a 2nd kick at the moment, I just adore Tomb of the Cybermen, even though the whole thing is the Doctor’s fault.

          • TheLazyWomble

            For me it’s 2,5 & 7. I will maybe put 12 in 4th or 5th place.

            It hadn’t occurred to me that Tomb was all the Doctor’s fault. But you’re right.

          • Ranger

            Everything that happens is his fault – he opens up the the tomb, otherwise they would never have got in. We never get an explanation as to why either – was he just curious? One story where the Doctor definitely has blood on his hands.

          • TheLazyWomble

            I thought that he did it because he wanted to be there when the tombs were opened. Kleig would probably have got the answer eventually and the Doctor needed to be around to sort out the mess their meddling made.

  • Rick714

    I think most *likely* we’ll see her in a small role when Capaldi leaves, just like they’ve done in the past when we saw past companions for David and Matt. But you know what? If they do bring her back—as long as it’s good, I don’t care. That’s the key, isn’t it?

  • Ranger

    I really hope, despite anything else he brings to DW or what deficiencies he might have, that Chibnall really has the nerve and courage to keep a dead person dead. It’s a novel concept, but hey, it just might work!

    • Dr. Moo

      Go watch Torchwood: Exit Wounds. I think we’ll be okay in that department.

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        Great episode, but hadn’t Owen already been brought back from the dead though?

        • Dr. Moo

          Yeah, but not properly.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            What do you mean ‘not properly’? Do you mean he didn’t die properly or he didn’t get resurrected properly? He got shot and died. It was only the gauntlet that brought him back to life with the subsequent consequences if I remember correctly. Either way, he DIED and was brought back.

          • Dr. Moo

            He came back as a zombie, sort of. I wouldn’t call that a proper death or resurrection!
            I liked that plot arc though, Owen effectively becomes the anti-Jack, and it didn’t make his true death any less meaningful. It added to it in fact! When Owen dies for real it comes not that long after he’s got used to his new way of life.