Jenna Coleman and the BBC have confirmed that Jenna will leave the TARDIS this year after being a companion since series 7. Here's the official BBC press release:
It’s been officially confirmed that Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, will leave Doctor Who during the new series which starts tomorrow, Saturday 19 September.
However, it’s not been revealed exactly when Clara leaves and the question many are already asking is how will she part company with the Doctor?
Jenna Coleman made her Doctor Who debut on 1 September, 2012 as Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks. She returned on Christmas Day of that year, playing Clara and remained with the Eleventh Doctor from the following episode, The Bells of Saint John, onwards. She stayed on board the TARDIS for all of Peter Capaldi’s episodes to date and after filming for the last series finished, Peter commented, ‘Jenna has been absolutely brilliant. I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion.’
But Series 9 sees the Impossible Girl’s departure although the how, why and when are all questions we’ll have to watch the new adventures to find out…
Whatever happens, we’ll bring you the inside info first but for the time being we’ll prepare to say goodbye to Clara and good luck to Jenna. We’ll miss them both.
She announced it on Radio 1 earlier; "I've left the TARDIS, it's happened. I've filmed my last scenes,". She didn't specify when exactly she would leave, only "at some point this season". She may even make it to the longest-serving companion!
"It's been in the works for a very long time," Coleman continued, "Steven and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and tell a really good story. We worked a really good story arc out so hopefully people will love it."
Jenna has been announced to take on the role of Queen Victoria in a major ITV drama, which she begins filming soon.