Peter Capaldi warns that Clara’s Doctor Who exit will be a long – and painful – goodbye

"It's sad over a number of weeks" Capaldi says. "Get lots of hankies ready"

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We know the end is nigh for Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who – but Peter Capaldi has warned us that her exit could be a long and painful one…

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The Doctor popped into BBC Radio 1 this morning to chat to Nick Grimshaw – conveniently, on the same show where Coleman confirmed she would be leaving Doctor Who – and revealed that Clara Oswald’s farewell would be “sad over a number of weeks”.

In other words, prepare to be be put through the wringer.

“I don’t want to go into what happens, because it’s very clever what happens in it, but it’s very sad,” said Capaldi. “It’s really sad.

“It’s not quite what you thinks going to happen,” he added. “You think what’s going to happen is going to happen, and then something else happens.

“That’s what’s wonderful about Doctor Who. it’s always clever the way these things are done. It’s not quite as straightforward as it appears.”

Well obviously. But the news that showrunner Steven Moffat is planning a long Doctor Who goodbye has got us pondering all over again exactly what Clara’s fate will be.

“Get lots of hankies ready, that’s what I would say,” Capaldi ended. “It’s sad over a number of weeks.”

I tried not to cry when saying goodbye

Jenna Coleman’s already said she could barely look at Peter Capaldi when filming their final farewell. Turns out the old hand came very close to cracking himself.

“I don’t usually get very weepy or anything when I’m working, but I found it really sad saying goodbye to her,” he admitted. 

“I still see her, so it’s not like saying goodbye to Jenna in person, but you sort of say goodbye to the character. It becomes the focus of all your emotion and all of the things that perhaps you’d like to say to that person and how wonderful she’s been to me.”

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Seems Moffat wasn’t joking when he said that a companion’s exit “knocks the living crap out of the Doctor every time”. And in this special show, the line between character and actor can get very blurry…