Actress Jenna-Louise Coleman will join Doctor Who as the new companion to Matt Smith’s Doctor.
Stephen Moffat and BBC America announced the news this morning.
Twenty-five year old Coleman from Blackpool, England is best known for her roles in Emmerdale (Jasmine Thomas) and Waterloo Road (Lindsay James). She also had a role in Captain America: The First Avenger. She will step into the TARDIS after Amy and Rory leave in series seven.
“I’m beyond excited, I can’t wait to get cracking; working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure,” Colman said in a press release.
While the character’s name hasn’t yet been revealed, Moffat says that we’ll meet the new companion as the show readies to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
“It always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS,” Moffat says. “It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”