Doctor Who current companion actress Jenna Coleman has confirmed in a interview on BBC’s radio 1 that she is leaving the show.
Her character of Clara Oswald will come to a end “at some point this season” she told the listeners this morning.
There was speculation earlier this week about her having the role of young Queen Victoria in ITV’s new costume drama series titled Victoria. ITV was then asked to confirm her role but had said there were not ready to announce cast for the show.
Jenna was on BBC Radio 1 today to publicise the start of Doctor Who Series 9. There she said “I have left the Tardis – it’s happened,” and went on to mention that “I’ve filmed my last scenes.”
Jenna Coleman has been with Doctor Who for three years. Her first appearance in the show was not quite as Clara Oswald and was in a Dalek! Matt Smith’s Doctor meeting her again as a different time referred to her as “the impossible girl”. It all had a very Doctor Who explanation!
Following the radio broadcast ITV, the UK station that commissioned Downton Abbey, released a press announcement about their new show and Jenna’s casting.
The production company of Victoria Mammoth Screen said on Twitter “Our not very secret secret is out – @Jenna_Coleman_ is to play Queen Victoria in #Victoria for @ITV!”.
Victoria – ITV’s Official Release
Jenna Coleman to star as Queen Victoria in major new ITV drama Victoria
ITV has today announced that Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley, Dancing on the Edge) will star as a young Queen Victoria in their major new drama series Victoria.
The ambitious 8-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Price Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year.
Jenna 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.”
Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of BBC’s Poldark and ITV’s Endeavour, and the series is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.
Daisy will serve as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).
The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes. Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter For Ten) opens the series as director and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) will produce the landmark series.
Further casting is underway for the drama, which starts filming in locations around the North of England this October.
Victoria has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.