Doctor Who Casts New Companion: Find Out When She'll Arrive

Doctor Who has cast 25-year-old Jenna-Louise Coleman from Blackpool, England to serve as the good Doctor’s next companion, it was announced on Wednesday morning.

Coleman will make her debut in the Christmas episode of the upcoming Season 7, which is currently filming and will be comprised of “14 big, blockbuster-movie episodes,” says BBC America. She will replace Karen Gillan when both companion Amy Pond and Rory (played by Arthur Darvill) bow out in “a heartbreaking departure after one final series of roller-coaster voyages,” teases the press release.

Says executive producer Steven Moffat of the new hire, “It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt [Smith] and Jenna together we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS.

“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen,” Moffat adds. “Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now.”

Coleman’s credits include ITV’s Emmerdale, ABC’s upcoming ITV1-produced miniseries Titanic and an appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger.