Jenna Coleman: Doctor Who “never leaves you”

It has been more than five years since Jenna Coleman left the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, a time in which she has gone on to star in brilliant and high-profile roles including Victoria, The Cry, The Serpent and The Sandman – but she says the show “never leaves you” and is like “a family” however long you are apart.

The 34-year-old actor spoke to The Hollywood Reporter recently about her time on the show amongst other things including her upcoming first major film role in Klokkenluider and her role as Johanna Constantine in Neil Gaiman’s fantasy series on Netflix, The Sandman.

Asked about whether she was enthusiastic about the arrival of incoming Doctor Ncuti Gatwa, who will replace Jodie Whittaker as the lead on the show, Coleman said: “Yeah, very excited. And obviously to see Russell T. Davies back at the helm.”

She also admitted that she was still in touch with both incarnations of the Doctor whom she had played companion Clara Oswald opposite during her time in the TARDIS between 2012 and 2017.

“I still speak to Matt (Smith) and Peter (Capaldi). I got a really nice message from Steven (Moffat) the other day saying it was 10 years since I’d been on it, which was terrifying.”

She added: ” But yeah, it’s very much like a family. I feel like it’s one of those jobs that never leaves you.”

The Power of the Doctor will be the final episode of the Jodie Whittaker era and will broadcast on Sunday 23rd October in the UK. The trailer for the feature-length episode appears to show the beginning of Whittaker’s regeneration scene, although it is not known if we will get our first glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa in this show or in the 60th-anniversary specials that Russell T Davies will helm in 2023.

We already know that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be returning for the specials, and it is likely that other big names will make guest appearances on the shows. But will Jenna be there, well we don’t know right now – but it certainly sounds like she’s in touch with the right people should she choose to make an appearance in 2023.

When asked about a potential return in the past, Coleman said “it could happen in the future,” so there’s certainly a chance, even if it looks like Peter Capaldi is a no.

Speculation in the world of Who continues, and will continue as long as there is space and time!