Coleman will climb into the TARDIS this winter

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffatt has confirmed that Jenna-Louise Coleman will take on the role of The Doctor’s next companion.

The announcement cam among a series of other announcements and clarifications, including that The Ponds will be last seen in Episode 5 of the upcoming season, that the monsters of that episode will be the weeping angels, and that ‘someone’ is going to die. “…and I mean it this time,” Moaffatt said at a recent BBC press conference.

This will leave one episode in which The Doctor will travel alone – Episode 6 – before he encounters his new companion during the special holiday episode which will mark the mid-point of the season. There will then be 8 more episodes after the holiday break.

Plus, of course, The Daleks will be back at some point in 2013.

“It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen,” Moffatt said about the casting decision. “Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”

We can only guess that this means Coleman will be playing a non-human role, which makes me think about all the friendly alien species The Doctor knows, and which one I would like to see become a companion.

My favorite possibility, one of the catkind – the feline race of the future who are apparently capable of interbreeding with humans. That almost seems too easy, though. We may even get to meet a whole new race of beings by way of introducing this new character.

We also have this video from Doctor Who TV, in which they’ve interviewed Coleman about the new role:

The new season of Doctor Who will debut on BBC One and BBC America this fall.