Jenna Coleman: From Soufflé Girl to Queen in One Day

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.

Coleman said:

“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 Quits DOCTOR WHO — Again, and for the Last Time

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.”
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Craziest Rumor of the Week: The 13th Doctor Is Already Cast!

doctorsneerDOCTOR WHO returns to screens around the planet Saturday evening, so of course it’s time to step up the speculation about when it’s all going to spiral into entropy.

Mysterious “sources” — those things multiply like adipose, don’t they? — claim to know what will happen in this year’s Christmas Special, and what will happen is very… weird.

If moviepilot.com is to be believed — in which case, SPOILER! — the 12th Doctor will encounter “a Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” in the form of his next incarnation and sexy companion!

It has already been widely rumored that Jenna Coleman’s Clara will not be in the 2015 holiday episode, making plenty of room for the return of River Song (Alex Kingston). The story will have the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and River fighting an alien menace in the far future.

And that’s where our heroes get a glimpse of the 13th Doctor: very young, wearing a blue suit and matching pea coat as well as sunglasses. The actor is said to be just 20 years old! Supposedly his new companion will be played by model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne!

Capaldi would then not have a 10th season, but rather a David Tennant-like succession of three hour-long “specials” throughout 2016 before leaving the role on New Year’s Day 2017.

Can you say Oodshit?
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New Pics From the DOCTOR WHO Premiere

The BBC have released a few new pictures to promote the debut episode of DOCTOR WHO’s ninth series, “The Magician’s Apprentice.” The images feature the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Missy (Michelle Gomez).

 

DOCTOR WHO returns Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Second DOCTOR WHO Series 9 Trailer Materializes

The BBC has released a second trailer to help get us psyched for the return of DOCTOR WHO just barely more than a month from now!

 

“Same old, same old — just the Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS!” Indeed!

There appears to be a lot of new aliens and monsters in this forthcoming season — but also another appearance from the Daleks. (I would really like to see an entire season without the bloodthirsty pepperpots but, alas, they are to be too popular to exile.)

This season will also feature a dragon and Maisie Williams, but there is no truth to the rumor that there will be a full-blown GAME OF THRONES crossover.

In case you’ve forgotten the season’s first trailer, you can see it again here.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) will be back in action in just a few short weeks, when the series returns on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

DOCTOR WHO Goes Back to School (Again)

caretakerFilming for season nine of DOCTOR WHO has been under way for about a month now, and this week the cast and crew moved to a very familiar location: Tonyrefail School in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, which has stood in for Coal Hill School since “The Day of the Doctor,” and appeared in several stories last season.

Jenna Coleman was seen filming at the school along with Clara’s motorbike, but neither Peter Capaldi nor the TARDIS were glimpsed. This block of filming is directed by Hettie Macdonald (of “Blink” fame) and the episode is believed to be the season opener, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” which is also believed to be a two-parter.

The return of Coal Hill portends not only more workplace drama for Clara, but also another chance to bring back one of the original members of the TARDIS crew, former Coal Hill science teacher Ian Chesterton, played by William Russell.
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What’s Going on With ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’?

mummyThis weekend’s new episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Mummy on the Orient Express,” is supposed to be very scary — but it’s also something of a mystery: Is the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) traveling without Clara (Jenna Coleman)? The promotional images for the story notably include no shots of Clara on the train. And we all know she sent him packing at the end of last week’s “Kill the Moon,” so is he off sulking?

Hit the jump for a collection of photos from “Mummy on the Orient Express,” featuring guest turns by comedian Frank Skinner (as the engineer chap) and singer Foxes (as the… er, singer) — and some intriguing descriptions  of the storyline.
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DOCTOR WHO 8.05 (Current Era) 34.05 (Classic Series): “Time Heist”

Dr 12It was bound to happen: A viewer has to expect a clunker episode every now and then, and “Time Heist” landed with a thud. Ironic for an episode that relied on an intricate plan, this story seemed to have no real idea where it was going. It feels like a collection of neat ideas for scenes and a monster strung together in a very disjointed manner. I almost get the feeling that the direction was purposely muddled to try and camouflage the story’s shortcomings. It didn’t work.

Can anyone think of a more convoluted way to accomplish a very simple goal – provided you can figure out what the point of the story was; no easy task. The reveal of the Doctor’s master plan left me asking the TV screen, “That’s it? That’s what he wanted to accomplish? And he did it that way?”
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DOCTOR WHO (Modern Era) 8.04, (Classic Series) 34.04: “Listen”

listen01After going for laughs last week with “Robot of Sherwood,” show runner Steven Moffat went for chills with this week’s script – and he succeeded on a very primal level. For TV, this was a damn scary episode, with some excellent atmospherics as opposed to the usual gore seen on shows like THE WALKING DEAD or HANNIBAL. In this DOCTOR WHO universe, the scariest thing in the universe is… a bedspread?

The Doctor’s quest to discover if any creature has mastered perfect camouflage – and what such a being might want – leads to an unexpected visit to the Doctor’s childhood, where Clara again has a huge influence over his life, ironically implanting ideas about fear and “the promise” implicit in the Doctor’s name.
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