The next season of Doctor Who won’t air until 2017 but Peter Capaldi has confirmed the Time Lord’s new companion has already been cast.
“There will be a new companion, along any minute,” Capaldi told Brazilian website Omelete via Radio Times (via Squareeyed), “which I’m very excited about, ’cause obviously I know who that is and we’ve been doing a bit of work together already and it’s very exciting. Because it’s a very different sort of take on it.”
What does Capaldi mean by ‘very different take’?
Well, the actor added that his new partner won’t have any prior knowledge of the Doctor, unlike Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald.
“Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor,” Capaldi continued. “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 [Eleventh Doctor] Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor.”
Rumours had previously suggested that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams would be the Doctor’s new companion but this latest report debunks such a theory due to her prior interaction with the character.
Doctor Who will return later this year for a Christmas special, while season 10 will return in 2017, marking Steven Moffat’s last stint on the show.