The Doctor is "very excited" by successor to Jenna Coleman
Peter Capaldi has confirmed that a new Doctor Who companion has been cast, and that they offer a “different sort of take” on the role.
The position of the Doctor’s companion has been filled by Billie Piper, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman in recent years with the latter’s Clara Oswald departing in the most recent series and opening up a vacancy alongside Capaldi. Speculation has been rife as to who could replace her, with Maisie Williams an early favourite until she recently ruled herself out.
Speaking to Brazilian website Omelete (via Radio Times), Capaldi confirmed that “a new companion, along any minute” adding that he is “very excited” about it.
“Obviously I know who that is and we’ve been doing a bit of work together already and it’s very exciting,” he said. “Because it’s a very different sort of take on it.”
Explaining how this sidekick will be different, Capaldi continued: “Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor. It was conceived as a human connected to your timeline, and so had access to the cosmic nature of the Doctor. She understood a little about how he was. And as she was already with Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor.”
The ninth series of Doctor Who aired in 2015, having being revived by the BBC in 2005. Speaking in November 2015 showrunner Steven Moffat said that at least five more series are already being planned.
Capaldi is believed to have been asked to return to the series, but has not yet confirmed his future plans.