From the rumor mill starting from this summer, Whovians are led to believe that Clara Oswald’s tenure as a “Doctor Who” companion are numbered starting with the finale and 2014 Christmas Special.
But could this be another Steven Moffat red herring?
During the “Doctor Who” season 8 DVD launch event, Steven Moffat confirmed that while Peter Capaldi will return for season 9, Jenna Coleman has yet to sign up for the upcoming series.
“‘Yes, he’s confirmed,’ Moffat said, although he later added that Jenna Coleman, who has played the Time Lord’s companion Clara Oswald for the past two years, had not, something that could fuel rumors in the UK press that she is going to leave the show following the upcoming Christmas Special,” wrote the Hollywood Reporter contributor Alex Ritman.
“She’s got brilliant chemistry with Capaldi and good character development, so it would be a shame to waste her now,” commented Whogasms on Doctor Who TV.
“Keep her for season 9.” Recently, Moffat spoke at the Royal Television Society panel spoke on the future of “Doctor Who” should a new companion be introduced in season 9.
“As to changing it up with the companion, we actually have changed it up quite a lot, look how different those girls have been.
Wait and see,” said Moffat.
“What we have is probably the most enduring form of the show and I think will always tend back to it for whatever reason, but there’s no reason you couldn’t tend away from it and there’s no diktat or special rule book left by Verity Lambert or something.
We absolutely could vary it.
The times they’ve varied it, it makes them work hard – you can see them struggling with Leela.
She was a great character but they had to civilise her fast because it was getting hard to fit her into stories – but it’s not a hard and fast rule at all.”