The BBC has confirmed that Jenna Coleman is to leave Doctor Who during Series 9.
Jenna's played Clara Oswald opposite Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, facing up to Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons, the Great Intelligence, and Missy – but how she meets her end in the upcoming run of episodes of course remains a mystery.
"I have left the TARDIS. It’s happened; I’ve filmed my last scenes," she confirmed on Radio 1's Breakfast show before explaining further: "It was emotional but it’s been in the works for a long time. Steven [Moffat, showrunner] and I sat down a year ago and decided the best way to tell the story and that’s what we’ve done."
Sadly, her departure from the show has been rumoured for some time: she even seemed to have left the show last series (in Death in Heaven), but was welcomed back onto the space-time ship in Last Christmas.
"Jenna has been absolutely brilliant," Peter Capaldi said. "I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion."
Coleman was announced as the Doctor's new companion in March 2012, and began filming her first proper adventure in May of that same year: Hide was a romantic horror story that also starred Jessica Raine (Line of Duty; An Adventure in Space and Time) as Emma Grayling, and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II; The Wrong Mans) as Alec Palmer, and written by Luther creator, Neil Cross. While her first real appearance as Clara was in 2013's The Bells of St. John, she made a surprise appearance in 2012's Asylum of the Daleks as the doomed Oswin Oswald, Junior Entertainment Manager on the starship Alaska, and then again in that Christmas' special, The Snowmen, this time as Clara Oswin Oswald.
This kicked off the Impossible Girl storyline, which saw the Doctor puzzling at how one person can be seemingly splintered through time.
If she does last until the conclusion of Series 9, Jenna will be the longest-running modern companion: Hell Bent will be her 36th episode, compared to Karen Gillan's 34.
Don't worry too much about Jenna's next role, though – she's already been cast as Queen Victoria in a £10million ITV production, called Victoria, written by novelist, Daisy Goodwin (The Fortune Hunter).
Everyone at Lovarzi wishes Jenna all the best for the future!