Why Jenna Coleman couldn’t look at Peter Capaldi when filming her final Doctor Who scenes

The companion found it hard to say goodbye to The Doctor when wrapping up shooting on series nine

Departing Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman has revealed that she struggled even to look at co-star Peter Capaldi when filming her final scenes.


“It was just really weird,” said Coleman when asked about her last day on set. “We film out of sequence as well so, my last part with Peter, I couldn’t quite look at him because it wasn’t supposed to be a sad part. It’s hard to go into detail without telling you anything, but I was really overwhelmed.”

Coleman, who made her debut alongside Matt Smith in series seven back in 2012 and announced her Doctor Who departure a week ago, said she was relieved to finally be able to share the news.

“People tweet at you but it’s been really warm and lovely, in fact,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I have to say, it’s kind of a relief because, having known for such a long time, it’s really nice to be able to say it.”

Coleman, who is soon to begin filming on ITV’s big budget period drama Victoria, says the Time Lord will always have a special place in her heart and that she hasn’t ruled out a return at some point.

“I recognise that it’s a special part of my life,” she says. “The storytelling is so dynamic, and big, and whimsical, and magical. You feel like you’re in a fairy tale and it’s really hard to walk away from that. It’s a lot more than just a job – the friendships I have with the crew and Peter, it’s very hard to say goodbye to it.”


Doctor Who series 9 continues on BBC1 this Saturday at 7:45pm

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