Jenna Coleman will appear in Doctor Who Christmas special

Despite speculation that companion Clara Oswald's Tardis tenure could come to an end before Christmas, the BBC has now confirmed that she will be involved

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When Peter Capaldi was asked last month about the rumours that Jenna Coleman is set to leave Doctor Who at Christmas, his enigmatic response prompted suggestions that her departure could come even sooner.

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“Well I’m not looking for a new assistant,” said Capaldi, before adding “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…”

Well despite the Doctor’s apparent confusion, we now know that Coleman will be involved in the festive special – the third of her tenure – although whether companion Clara Oswald will survive into the New Year remains to be seen…

Confirmation came today from the BBC, along with some other intriguing casting news. Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost will guest star, along with Faye Marsay – currently to be seen in E4 drama Glue – former Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede and Michael Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick.

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It’s hard not to speculate on whether that last name could mean a two Doctor’s episode, with Michael playing his dad’s former role, but it won’t be the first time a junior Troughton has turned up in Doctor Who. Michael’s brother David appeared opposite David Tennant in 2009 episode Midnight  but as a Professor, rather than a Doctor…