It looks like Clara is set for her last trip in the TARDIS this year…
Although we’ve heard it before, this seems like the real deal.
BBC News are reporting that Coleman is likely to “make her last appearance as Clara Oswald before the Christmas special, which sees the return of Alex Kingston as River Song.”
The actress is believed to have been cast as Queen Victoria in a major ITV drama series, where she’s expected to play the Queen from her teens through the early years of her reign.
Speaking with the Radio Times, the actress said: “You’re in Doctor Who knowing it will never last. It’s constantly regenerating, so you want to make your time count and enjoy the adventure for the fleeting time you’re here.”
With Doctor Who returning to screens this Saturday night, it is believed Coleman has already filmed her final scenes.
Fans will remember that Coleman was set to leave during last season, then during last year’s Christmas special but ended up staying on, despite the obvious ending in the episode being re-written. Stephen Moffat had said at the time: “That was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind.”
“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version.
So, it looks like this time it’s set in stone but Clara has a habit of staying put, so we’ll believe it when we either see it or get an official announcement.