Clara won’t be jumping back aboard the TARDIS a second time.
After returning to the Doctor’s side following a rescinded resignation as the Time Lord’s companion Clara Oswald after the 2014 Christmas special “Last Christmas,” Jenna Coleman is saying her final goodbyes to the BBC sci-fi Doctor Who after the ninth series.
The actress confirmed her departure on the UK’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on September 18, telling the host, “I have left the Tardis and I’ve filmed my last scenes…It has been in the works for a very long time. [Showrunner] Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year ago, a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place in which to tell a really good story. So hopefully that’s what we’ve done.”
With the ninth series’ filming wrapped, Coleman already has work lined up with a portrayal of a young Queen Victoria for a drama series on ITV. But her tenure on Doctor Who, one of the longest of the show’s modern series, will always remain close to her heart. “There’s not a lot of jobs where you get to go to work and have a spaceship and an alien as your best mate…It’s been my life, really, for the last three, four years. And I just love Peter [Capaldi] so much and the job so much and all the crew.”
Series 9 of Doctor Who will premiere on BBC and BBC America on September 19.