Earlier this week, tabloid rumours were swirling around the fate of Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman, claiming that the Doctor's companion, Clara, will leave the show at Christmas. So far, the BBC have refused to comment on the rumours but yesterday new Doctor Peter Capaldi was hit point blank with the question by the toughest interviewer in the business: Alex Jones on The One Show.
Jones, along with co-presenter Matt Baker, had assumed that the rumours were actually fact, and asked Capaldi what he was looking for in his next assistant. Capaldi, obviously taken aback, avoided the question – but did drop in a cheeky tease.
"Well I’m not looking for a new assistant," he said. "I don’t know where these rumours have started. I’ve read that she may be leaving at Christmas but I don’t even know if she’ll get to Christmas... You’ve got to just watch and wait and see."
"What I can say is she’s absolutely fabulous. The work she’s done this season is extraordinary because she’s been called upon to do thing that I don’t think any other companion has had to do, to show a kind of emotional range."
The rumours were started by a Mirror report, which quoted a source as saying, “The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out. By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”
When contacted by RadioTimes.com, the BBC declined to confirm or deny the rumours.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 with series eight opener Deep Breath at 7:50pm on 23rd August