Are you a member of the British actors’ union and have a yen to travel through time and space with a two-hearted alien in a small (but bigger-on-the-inside!) blue box? Then, we bring good news! Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat says that the search for an actor to play the titular Time Lord’s new traveling companion is still in the “very, very early stages.”

“There’s nothing really to report,” continues the showrunner. “We’ll make a noise when we’ve got something to say, don’t worry.”

The need for a new companion has been prompted by the looming departure of Jenna Coleman from the show. For the past few years, Coleman has played teacher and temporal explorer Clara Oswald, but in September the actress revealed that the current, 12-episode run of shows would be her last. In fact, rumor has it that Coleman’s character will depart the show in the next episode, which is called “Face the Raven” and will be broadcast on BBC America, Nov. 21. Moffat, predictably, declined to comment on that possibility but did reveal that this Saturday’s show, the 10th of the season, would kick off a climactic trilogy of interconnected adventures for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.

“[The season] ends with three episodes, all of which cliffhanger into each other in a quite major way,” says the executive producer. “They’re very linked, but it won’t feel like a three-part story. In a traditional Doctor Who way, it builds to a huge climax in episode 12.” (EW)

Which means either the Moff is lying 🙂 or Jenna is in all the episodes and no decision will be made until early next year when they start filming for Series 10 (if they do).

The BBC has confirmed that the final two episodes of Series 9, Heaven Sent / Hell Bent will both run in extended timeslots.

The penultimate episode Heaven Sent will run for 55 minutes and has been confirmed for transmission at 8.05pm on BBC One on 28th November.

The series finale Hell Bent will then run in a 65 minute timeslot starting at 8pm on 5th December.

The two episodes will deal with the consequences of Episode Ten, Face the Raven, which can be seen this weekend.

Face The Raven: The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.

Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

Meaning Rigsy bites it! 🙂

About mydoctor1962

Doctor Who fan like few others. Also a fan of Science Fiction, Cooking Shows and more.

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