Jenna Coleman Is Leaving Doctor Who To Become A Queen

For those strange Doctor Who devotees who prefer Jenna Coleman to Karen Gillan this may be the saddest day in Who history. (Me, I’m still upset about Amy and Rory’s far too abrupt departure.) Coleman is reportedly leaving the show to play Queen Victoria for ITV. If you were a royalist before, we’re guessing you aren’t now. UPDATE: BBC has just confirmed Coleman will be leaving this season, which kicks off Saturday, September 19 at 9e 6p on Space.


The eight-episode series will cover the entire span of Victoria’s 63-year stint on the throne, beginning with her ascent to power at the young age of 18—a fact you may already know if you saw Emily Blunt’s turn in The Young Victoria.

Coleman, who’s spent three years playing Clara Oswald and filmed 39 episodes with two different Time Lords, has just wrapped the show’s ninth season alongside Peter Capaldi, the series’ Twelfth Doctor.

“You’re in Doctor Who knowing it will never last,” said Coleman in a recent interview. “It’s constantly regenerating, so you want to make your time count and enjoy the adventure for the fleeting time you’re here.”


Don’t miss Clara’s last episodes: the ninth season of Doctor Who premieres on Space this Saturday September 19 at 9e.