We've seen Doctor Who's new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) only twice before (in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen"), but both times, she has died. She's already one of the show's bigger currently-running mysteries, and you can bet that much of the second half of series 7 will be dedicated to figuring out just who Clara is. The good news is, Clara will be sticking around for more than just the eight episodes remaining in series 7, despite her character's multiple deaths.
In a recent interview, actress Jenna-Louise Coleman spilled the beans about her return, probably violating showrunner Steven Moffat's notoriously strict spoiler policy.
"Er, I think I can say that. Marcus? Yeah, I think I can say that I will be in season eight," she told interviewers. The Marcus she's referring to is Doctor Who producer Marcus Wilson, who seemed more reluctant to confirm Coleman's statement: "Yes -- we'd love to keep Jenna as long as we can."
It's certainly nice to have confirmation that the Doctor will have a regular companion through the 50th anniversary special and into the next series. What do you think? Are you excited for more Clara?
Doctor Who will return for the second half of its seventh series on Saturday, March 30 with the episode "The Bells of St John" on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.