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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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