'Doctor Who': Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax to Return for Series 8
'Doctor Who' is up for a big change at the end of the year. The Christmas special will see the departure of current Doctor, Matt Smith, and the introduction of his successor, Peter Capaldi. But even though 'Doctor Who' will be changing the face of the entire series, there will be plenty of familiar characters returning for the show's eighth series.
Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) has been confirmed to return as the Doctor's companion, but it looks like Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor will also get to interact with some of the Eleventh Doctor's OTHER companions -- namely, the "Paternoster Gang" -- the trio consisting of Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.
Actress Neve McIntosh, who plays the Silurian warrior Madame Vastra, confirmed the trio's return to Flicks And The City, expressing sadness over Matt Smith's departure, but excitement on getting to work with Capaldi.
“It will be sad not to be working with Matt again but I’m really looking forward to Peter taking over and seeing what he does with it," she said. “[Vastra, Jenny, and Strax will] be helping the Doctor more, but I can’t say anything else.”
But McIntosh wouldn't mind if her involvement with the 'Doctor Who' universe went beyond Series 8. She's still a proponent of the much-discussed Paternoster Gang spin-off series, something many fans have wished for after the group were the focus of the Series 7 episode "The Crimson Horror."
“We can do so much in Victorian times, it’s got that steampunk edge to it. Think how freaky that era was with the Elephant Man and all that and just add us into the mix, with time travel and all sorts of weird, wonderful stuff.” I'm not really a big fan of spin-offs, but she might just have a point.
'Doctor Who' will return for its 50th anniversary special, "Day of the Doctor," Nov. 23.
*Correction: Above, we previously credited Neve McIntosh with confirming the trio's return to the Daily Record. However, McIntosh rather confirmed the information with Flicks And The City. Check out that interview here: