The Eleventh Doctor actor is 'very excited' about his new companion

Matt Smith has said he is “very excited” about the casting of his new Doctor Who co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The actress was announced as the show’s new female lead this week, and will take over from Karen Gillan, who has played Amy Pond for the past two years.

Speaking for the first time about the casting, Smith told BBC Radio Wales: “It’s very exciting news,” before confirming that he has already met Coleman at the castings. “I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses.”

But of his new co-star, he added: “But I think Jenna responded to Steven’s writing in the most interesting way. We’re very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family.”

Coleman will make her Doctor Who debut in this year’s Christmas special, after Gillan and her screen husband Arthur Darvill make their exit five episodes in to the show’s forthcoming seventh run.

No details have yet been revealed about Coleman’s character. Showrunner Steven Moffat said of her casting: “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.”

He continued: “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.”