Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has revealed she will stay with the show for another series - putting an end to rumours she was set to quit.
The actress, who made her first appearance in the long-running science-fiction show in 2012, has starred alongside two doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.
Coleman said she was happy to be filming another series as Clara Oswald:
I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved and there is so much more to do. I think they've finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.
The arrival of the 12th doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.
Fans of the show were kept guessing by the Christmas Day special, which hinted her character was on her way out before revealing she was set to stay.
Capaldi, who became the 12th Time Lord last year, said he was "excited and delighted" that she had signed up for another stint as his companion.
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Frank Skinner will appear as a guest star in the new series of Doctor Who.
The comedian, who is a huge fan of the long-running science-fiction series, will appear on screen this autumn alongside Peter Capaldi who is playing the latest incarnation of the hero timelord in an episode by Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson.
Skinner said: "I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I've got a Tardis ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites.
"I am beyond excited."
Colin Baker, who played a former incarnation of The Doctor, wrote on Twitter:
Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer
The bow tie may have been the preferred fashion choice for Matt Smith's Doctor, but it appears Peter Capaldi's incarnation could be defined by a dark blue Crombie coat.
BBC bosses have released the first picture of Capaldi's character in full Time Lord regalia since he became the 12th Doctor during the BBC show's Christmas Day special.
Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.
Lifelong Dr Who fan Capaldi said, "He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100% rebel Time Lord."
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Matt Smith's final episode as Doctor Who saw both him and former assistant Karen Gillan wear hairpieces, the show's writer Steven Moffat revealed.
The Scottish actress made a brief appearance as Amy Pond at the end of the episode as viewers saw Smith bow out as the time lord and hand over the controls of the Tardis to Peter Capaldi.
Smith had to wear a wig after having his head shaved for his role in Ryan Gosling's film How to Catch a Monster, while Gillan had her hair cut off for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Moffat said: "They're very good wigs but they're both wigs. Though in Karen's case that's her own hair. That wig is made of her own hair, it's just detachable now. When they cut her hair they made her a wig of her own hair. Didn't she look lovely?"
The show's writer also praised Smith's "heartfelt, brilliant and ancient" performance as an ageing Doctor was perfect, saying: "It's an end of an era, he should talk that way. You need a combination of huge sadness and lucky it doesn't end here".
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Matt Smith's swansong episode as Doctor Who had to be reritten after he injured his leg, according to reports. The injury was written into the script of the Christmas Day show so fans will see the timelord lose a leg after a battle with the weeping angels.
The Sun reported that fans will see the doctor grow old fighting cybermen and daleks after being drawn back to a planet called Trenzalore by the sound of a bell.
Smith, who is replaced by Peter Capaldi in the Christmas Day episode, said he was excited about his final appearance.