Doctor Who‘s show runner has revealed that Jenna Coleman planned to quit the BBC sci-fi series last year.
Speaking in the Doctor Who magazine, Steven Moffat said that Coleman, who plays assistant Clara Oswald, had expressed a desire to leave the show. Moffat says that she wanted to leave at the end of the series finale last year, but then asked if she could be in the Christmas episode. He revealed: “She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind.”
Also the lead writer for Doctor Who, Moffat confirmed that he had penned two scripts for the Christmas special in which one of them she would have left. He says that he is pleased Jenna has decided to stay on, describing her as an “amazing actress [who] never stops working to make Clara better.”
Jenna joined as assistant Clara to Matt Smith’s Doctor in 2012. Series 9 of the modern version of Doctor Who, on which filming has commenced, will air on BBC One in the Autumn. Current Doctor Peter Capaldi (pictured above with ‘Clara’) will return as the Time Lord.