Jenna-Louise Coleman, announced as the new companion in March, will be joining current doctor Matt Smith in the 2012 Christmas Special, after current companions Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) depart in episode five of the upcoming seventh series. Coleman certainly has some big shoes to fill, as Gillan and Darvill have undoubtedly created the most beloved companions of the modern Who era.
All we know about Coleman’s character so far is that she’s named Clara, but in this first in-costume photo of her and the Doctor, she does at least look like a good match with Smith. Only time will tell if she’s up to the Doctor’s many adventures (and bow ties!), of course, but for now, it’s good to see everything coming together.
Doctor Who Series Seven will consist of 14 episodes split into two different parts: Episode 1-5 will debut this fall, followed by the customary Christmas Special, and after a brief hiatus, the show will return to finish its run in Spring 2013, all on BBC 1 and BBC America across the pond.