Meet Jenna-Louise Coleman, who’ll become the new companion in the next Christmas special. What do we know about her? She’s been in U.K. TV soap operas Emmerdale and Waterloo Road, Captain America: The First Avenger, the upcoming Titanic miniseries, and other stuff.
This is her:
In the release, which describes Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill’s exit a “heartbreaking departure after one final series of rollercoaster voyages,” Coleman says, “I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure.”
In the same release, Steven Moffat says, “It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS. It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”
So… you good with this? Like you have a choice. Anyway, you’ll get to decide at the end of the year.
UPDATE: At today’s press conference, Steven Moffat said that Amy and Rory will leave in the fifth episode of the season in an encounter with the Weeping Angels and he said “not everyone gets out alive, and I mean it this time.” Uh oh. Also, series 7 will include 14 episodes, six in 2012 and eight in 2013. Plan your life accordingly.