A Changing of the Guard

Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who.

If you believe the Mirror, that is.

I don’t believe the Mirror, not exactly. I think the basic story is right — she’s leaving the series at the end of the year — but the details are invented.

The characterization that she “quit” especially strikes me as false. I think it is vastly more likely that she simply took stock of her career and her two seasons on the series and chose to pass on re-upping for another.

To be honest, having read the leaked scripts; I’m not clear why she’s in the series this year. I don’t understand why Clara travels with the twelfth Doctor; he treats her like dirt, and she doesn’t like him.

I can’t say I will miss Clara when she’s gone. She was a plot point, not a character, in her first season. She was fun to watch, especially how Coleman and Matt Smith played off one another. She brought energy to some dire material.

Two years is a good run. I’m sure Coleman will do well, whatever she does next.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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