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.
Jenna Coleman confirmed this morning on BBC Radio 1 that she is leaving DOCTOR WHO this season.
“I have left the TARDIS,” Coleman told host Nick Grimshaw. “It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.”
Coleman confirmed that Clara’s exit has “been in the works for a very long time.”
This is not our Doctor. Not our Matt Smith.
This sullen, withdrawn, fatigued Doctor is not the same man who cheerfully battled Daleks and rode a triceratops like a pony. This Doctor is grieving. This Doctor is pain, and he cannot heal himself. He is a man in crisis. He is a man in hiding. Since when does the Doctor hide?
The morose shift in personality is due to the loss of Amy — and Rory, but… Amy — in the last story, when the Weeping Angels sent them into the past to live themselves to death. Now the Doctor has given in to his pain and doesn’t want to want watch any more companions die — by violence or by simply outliving them. He hates endings. He’s literally hiding from his past in London’s past while nursing two broken hearts.
Now that the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) is back in our lives, we can look forward to wild new adventures for the next seven weeks, starting with the upcoming “The Rings of Akhaten.”
First, we have the BBC America trailer:
And now two BBC One trailers from across the pond:
Steven Moffat has done it again: He’s gone and created a wonderful prequel, this one for the second half of season seven — specifically the first story back, “The Bells of Saint John.” This piece has many things going for it: It’s short; it’s charming; and it provides another hint about the nature of Jenna-Louise Coleman’s Clara.
I love Matt Smith’s performance in this — all melancholy about “losing” Clara so soon after really losing Amy and Rory. And there’s just something about the way his 11th Doctor sparks with children; it’s a wonderful connection for a Doctor to have.
Don’t miss “The Bells of Saint John” this Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
Finally, some good news from across the pond — and on these shores — to delight my fellow DOCTOR WHO fans! The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) is returning a tiny bit sooner than expected — but what else would you expect from the Time Lord with questionable timing?
The BBC has announced that the second half of season seven will premiere on Saturday, March 30. And BBC America has confirmed that it will air the new episodes on the same day as the BBC. There will be eight new episodes, so the show is looking at a May finale, just like many American series. (BTW, the finale has been shooting in Scotland, leading to speculation that the story is set… in Scotland. Possibly in the Victorian Age.)
Surely you remember that the Christmas Special, “The Snowmen,” left us with a cliff-hanger revelation about Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Louise Coleman), and that lead writer Steven Moffat has promised to tease us with clues about her. Personally, I like the idea of this mysterious companion, since we haven’t seen this sort of intrigue since Turlough and the Fifth Doctor.