Doctor Who: Jenna-Louise Coleman definitely in series 8
The Doctor's new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, confirmed this week that she'll definitely be around for series 8...
During a chat with Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon earlier this week, Jenna-Louise Coleman confirmed a couple of things of interest to Doctor Who viewers. The first? She'll definitely be back for series eight, and the second, that after the 50th anniversary episode is in the can, there's to be a filming break over the summer while Matt Smith shoots his role in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. The Who team will be back in operation this September, presumably for the 2013 Christmas Special, before commencing with series eight.
During the interview, Bacon asked Coleman, "I guess you don't know how long you're going to be in the show. You're in for this year, do you know if you'll be in season eight yet?" to which came the reply, "Er, I think I can say that. Marcus? Yeah, I think I can say that I will be in season eight", followed by producer Marcus Wilson confirming, "Yes. We'd love to keep Jenna as long as we can".
Professionals that they are, neither Coleman nor Wilson would be drawn on what is now a rapidly ageing chestnut in Who interviews, how many of the former Doctors can we expect to see in the 50th anniversary special. "I couldn't possibly comment" was Wilson's Francis Urquhart-channelling response, while Coleman spoke of her new powers of evasion, "You just basically don't tell anybody anything. It's a new skill I've acquired in interviews of basically talking a lot without saying anything".
You can listen to the fifteen minute interview in full below courtesy of Doctor Who TV (but be prepared to hear a disrepectful word or two about the Sixth Doctor from Bacon should you choose to).
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