The BBC has confirmed that Jenna Coleman will be staying with Doctor Who for the foreseeable future, with the actress signed up for the entire run of Series Nine.
The confirmation follows speculation that Coleman would leave the series after the Christmas special, Last Christmas, or part way through the next series. Head writer Steven Moffat told an invited audience at the Press Screening for Last Christmas that he was delighted the actress was staying with the show, although he admitted it was touch and go for a while.
I always think I’m good at winding people up but Jenna completely outplayed me by saying, ‘I’m not telling you whether I’m staying or going because it’s more exciting.’ And it occurred to us all that we don’t start shooting until January so, for once, we could actually keep it a secret.Coleman said she was delighted to be staying
It's wonderful to have a whole other series with the Doctor. For me, I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved. There's so much more to do, I think. They've finally reached a point where they understand each other.Doctor Who Season 35 begins shooting in January.