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Jenna Coleman exits Doctor Who as Clara Oswald dies!

Jenna Coleman (opens in new tab) took her final bow in Doctor Who tonight when her character, Clara Oswald, died in an emotional episode.

The Doctor’s companion died after trying to save her friend Rigsy from a death sentence imposed upon him by Ashildr (Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams).

Clara offered to swap places with Rigsy in a bid to confuse Ashildr and escape with him, but despite the Doctor’s efforts she was forced to 'face the raven'.  

Jenna, who will next be seen in ITV's historical drama Victoria in 2016 (opens in new tab), recently spoke about her departure from Doctor Who (opens in new tab).   

"It's been in the works for a very long time,” she said in an interview on Radio 1. “Steve 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. We worked out a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it."

So that’s goodbye to Clara, but rumours are already circulating about who the Doctor’s next companion might be, with Maisie Williams herself at the top of the list.

Peter Capaldi was tight-lipped when asked about whether Maisie would be joining him in the TARDIS, but he praised her performances in the show this year.

“Maisie is fantastic,” he said. “She's been in Game of thrones since she was 12 and is very assured. I was doing a shot with her and when they called ‘action’ she pulled me back a bit. When I asked her what she was doing she said, ‘You were in my light.’ But she is lovely.”

But fans who are expecting the Timelord’s companion to be revealed in the final two episodes of the series or the Christmas special are in for a disappointment as the actor's identity won’t be revealed until the next series!


Sean Marland
Sean Marland

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.