After much speculation that she was leaving Doctor Who after Season 8, it has been confirmed that Jenna Coleman will be back for Doctor Who Season 9. Many believed that Last Christmas, the 2014 Christmas special that aired on BBC America over the holiday, was set to be her final episode. Fans had to wait all the way through the episode to discover that the actress wasn't going anywhere just yet.
Jenna Coleman plays Who assistant Clara Oswald opposite Peter Capaldi on the long-running BBC sci-fi series. Doctor Who Season 9 will be the actress' third season on the show. About her return, Jenna Coleman stated:
[It's] wonderful. I get a whole other [season] of stories with the Doctor and I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved. There is so much more to do. I think they've finally just reached a point where they really understand each other. The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up."
Peter Capaldi, who came on last year to become the 12th Doctor, had this to say about Jenna Coleman's return:
"I'm thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with."