Doctor Who will be saying goodbye to regular companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) come series 7. Episode 5 of the new season, tentatively titled "The Angels Wept," will feature the exit of the two fan favorite companions, who have been a part of the show since Steven Moffat took over as showrunner and Matt Smith became the Doctor in series 5.
While I'm trying not to think about the sadness I will undoubtedly experience upon their departure, it's fun to look ahead to the new, incoming companion: Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It's been long-rumored that there's a twist to Clara's inclusion -- that she'll be unlike any companion the show has had since its 2005 revival. So what's the big difference? Potential spoilers are ahead:
It appears that Clara is from the past. Set photos taken from this year's upcoming Christmas special -- Clara's introductory episode, mind you -- show the episode to be apparently set in Victorian-era England. Clara's in the photos, in appropriate dress.
A few episodes of the second half of series 7 have been confirmed to be set in the same era, including the Mark Gatiss-penned outing "The Crimson Horror." This could be seen to tie into the theory that Clara is from the past -- these episodes might be taking place during one of Clara's return trips to home.
If this is true, we could be looking at a second half of series 7 that's very different from the first.
What do you think? Is Clara from the past? Are you excited by this possibility?
Doctor Who series 7 is slated to premiere later this month on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.