New 'Doctor Who' Companion

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According to  BBC America , Jenna-Louise Coleman  “will play The Doctor’s new and as yet unnamed companion, in the hit British sci-fi TV series DOCTOR WHO. 
Coleman will be introduced to audiences for the first time in the show’s 2012 Christmas Special following the departure of the current companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, who will leave in episode 5 of the upcoming Series.” (The seventh season of the revived series.)
Jenna-Louise Coleman is best known for her work on the long-running BBC primetime soap opera EMMERDALE, set in Yorkshire.
“Matt Smith says of Coleman:
‘It’s very exciting news. I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses.
‘But I think Jenna responded to Steven’s (writer/ producer Steven Moffat) writing in the most interesting way. We’re very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family.’ ”
The BBC quoted Coleman as saying:  “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.”

The Doctor will meet his new friend in a dramatic turn of events as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year – full of thrills, adventures and big surprises. Series seven is currently filming and comprises 14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.

Coleman's character a mystery?

Lead writer and Executive Producer, 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.”
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, adds “As we approach Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary it’s great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style.”