Matt Smith: Doctor Who with Jenna-Louise Coleman will be “bigger and better than ever”

The new companion is "very interesting" and "different to Amy Pond", says the Doctor Who star

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With Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill soon to bid farewell to the Tardis, Doctor Who star Matt Smith is setting a course for the future.

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Currently filming with new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman – who will make her debut during the Christmas special – Smith says he’ll miss his former co-stars, but that he and Coleman aim to make the show even better.

“Of course we’ll miss Karen and Arthur, they’re great friends of mine and I miss them terribly, but Jenna’s doing a wonderful job, she’s a wonderful actress – very dedicated,” said Smith.

“I think [showrunner] Steven [Moffat] is writing her in a very interesting way – a different way to Amy Pond – but we’re very excited and we’re planning to make the show with her bigger and better than ever and just keep moving forward,” he told SFX.

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The new series of Doctor Who starts in the autumn, with Gillan and Darvill’s Amy Pond and Rory Williams set to exit in episode five following a meeting with the deadly Weeping Angels