On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Pacific Rim 2‘s cancellation, the possibility of a new King Kong vs. Godzilla, Titletown Comic & Entertainment Expo officially canceling their 2015 con, MRAs filing a nonsensical suit against Calgary Expo, the MetaCon fistfight, Nick’s experiences at Coulee Con, and our ongoing Indiegogo campaign for the Nerd & Tie Expo.
Jenna Louise Coleman, who’s played Clara over the last couple of series of long running British science fiction series Doctor Who has been rumored to be exiting the show over the last year or so. Originally she was to leave after last year’s Christmas special, but signed on to do (at least a part of) series 9 to give the character a better send off.
Well, with series 9’s premiere coming up this weekend, the internet went crazy when it was hinted that Coleman may be moving on to other projects. Mind you, the rumors had been out there for most of the last year that she was only going to appear in about half of the new series — but people still lost their minds.
I enjoyed her run as Clara on the show. I mean, there have been weak moments, but those are mostly due to Steven Moffat’s almost complete inability to write women characters. Regardless, Coleman did her best with weak material and shone in the part. I, for one, will be sad to see her go — but that’s the way it goes with companions. Heck, we only got a single series out of my favorite companion (Catherine Tate’s Donna).
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we were live at Geek.kon 2014 in Madison, WI. We talk about the cast changes at Mythbusters, the complicated legal issues surrounding Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org, details about the filming of Ant-Man, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s possible departure from Doctor Who, Peter Quill’s parentage in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and your letters.
We also interact with the audience a bit. Which is always fun.
So according to The Mirror, Jenna-Louise Coleman will be leaving Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas special. This isn’t too much of a surprise, though her character Clara is one of the longest running companions of the current incarnation of the series.
The decision was reportedly mutual, as her leaving felt like the natural evolution of the show. In the Moffat run version of the show, companions have been sticking around longer than in Russell T. Davies tenure. Hell, the Ponds stuck around for two and a half series.
Coleman will appear in the entirety of Series 8, which begins airing in a week, so fans will still have plenty of time with Clara before she moves on.
I’m just excited to see who the Doctor travels with next.