Soon, there will be yet another cast member joining the long-running science fiction series, Doctor Who. On Wednesday, it was announced that British actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has been cast as the Doctor's (portrayed by Matt Smith) next companion. She will make her first appearance on the show during season seven's Christmas episode. The producers of Doctor Who promise an exciting upcoming season with episodes that are described as having a "blockbuster movie" feel to them.
Coleman is reportedly joining the cast to replace the Doctor's current companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). Amy and Rory are set to leave the series in a "heartbreaking departure." A "companion" on Doctor Who is a friend and colleague that shares travels with the Doctor, acting as an assistant, or "sidekick." During the show's eleven-year run, the Doctor has had over sixty companions.
Jenna-Louise Coleman may just be the perfect replacement for beloved cast members Gillan and Darvill. According the Steven Moffat, executive producer of Doctor Who, they knew they had the right girl for the part after seeing her and Matt Smith interact together. She is described as being funny, clever, and possibly the only person able to speak quicker than the Doctor.
It certainly appears that she has the acting chops to carry the role. Coleman has been gaining experience in the acting field rom a young age, and while trying to select a drama school, was cast on the English soap opera, Emmerdale, in 2005. Not long after, she was nominated for two awards for the appearance on the show, including "Best Newcomer" and "Most Popular Newcomer" at the 2007 British Soap Awards. Two years later, she received nominations for "Best Dramatic Performance," "Best Actress," and "Sexiest Female." Jenna-Louise Coleman has also appeared in the British drama, Waterloo Road, and Captain America: The First Avenger. We can't wait to see what she will add to Doctor Who next season.