Former DOCTOR WHO co-star Jenna Coleman, who had played Clara, assistant to the 2,000-year-old Time Lord on the 52-year-old BBC series since 2012, will play a long-lived character herself, Queen Victoria, in VICTORIA, an eight-part ITV drama about the British monarch.
“I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”
Interestingly, Coleman played a version of Clara who existed during the Victorian era as a barmaid/governess.
Coleman, who confirmed her departure from the TARDIS this morning, will portray the queen from age 18 — when she ascended the throne — through her marriage to Prince Albert.
VICTORIA, recounting the life of the second-longest-serving monarch (behind the still-sitting Queen Elizabeth II), will begin filming in October.
Coleman’s final season as a series regular on DOCTOR WHO begins tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.