Doctor’s New Assistant Revealed and Moffat Talks Series Seven

Jenna-Louise Coleman has been named as Doctor Who’s new time-travelling assistant.

Apparently the 25-year-old beauty impressed the show’s bosses during her screen test and her chemistry with Matt Smith clinched her the gig. Fans can expect to see her debut around the time of this year’s Christmas special.

Coleman will take over when redhead Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, leaves the show later this year, with reports suggesting that the actress – who featured in Captain America, Waterloo Road and ITV’s upcoming drama Titanic – may be playing a ‘non-human’ companion.

This morning Moffat confirmed that “not everyone will get out alive” in Amy and Rory’s farewell episode.

Jenna-Louise, starred as lesbian Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale between 2005 and 2009.

Steven Moffat also discussed yet more details of the upcoming series at the RTS Awards last night and moved to quash rumours that Benedict Cumberbatch would be making an appearance in the new episodes.

“People really do sit in rooms and make that stuff up. Look at the filming schedules for Doctor Who and Sherlock – those two shows tend to shoot at the same time. We’d have a problem and there’s only so much I can arrange,” he told Radio Times.

“But who knows what could happen in the future…” You see Moffat, it’s things like THAT which get us going.

The show-runner then hinted that series seven could see a move away from the large-scale story-arcs we saw last time out..

“As ever, there’s a bit of both (one-off episodes and big central plot-lines). But this time we’re moving closer to stand-alone stories. At this point, we’re not planning any two-parters. So, every week is going to be like a different mad movie.”

“We went quite ‘arc’ last time and we’re going stand-alone this time around. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t those things creeping in. You’ve got to find a way to make the last episode special, and by God that worked ratings-wise last year. We don’t want to abandon that idea.”

Moffat refused to offer up any teasers, but did confirm which episode he was most looking forward to.. “Watch out for the title of episode two. I think that’s a belter. It’s one of my favourite titles ever.”

He also explained that no details were available for Sherlock yet.. “Mark [Gatiss] and I have planned it out. We haven’t started writing it yet because I’ve got God knows how many episodes of Doctor Who to get sorted first. But the way it works with Sherlock is that we starve you and then we give you a short burst and then we starve you again. It’s worked so far, we’re not going to change it.”