Clara Oswald (Coleman) has been The Doctor's companion since 2013, when Amy Pond and Rory Williams were trapped in the past by Weeping Angels. The Coal Hill School teacher has been through an Anniversary Special, a regeneration, and has surpassed all but Amy Pond as the longest serving companion of New Who, but it looks like that may end soon.
New rumors are suggesting that Jenna Coleman will be leaving the series sometime after Christmas to star in an ITV series portraying the early years of Queen Victoria's reign in England. The BBC has yet to comment on these new allegations.
Similar rumors were circling toward the end of Who's eighth season, but the actress returned for this year's season nine. If she does leave, I'm sure Clara would only want The Doctor to do one thing:
And remember her.
The Mirror correspondent, Richard Beech, is reporting some dramatic rumors from the creative inner sanctum of Doctor Who, namely that, Peter Capaldi's run as The 12th Doctor will last for only one series as a transition for a major direction shift. It is worth noting that Moffat is notorious for playing the press and all of this is very early conjecture, but the thought of this "change" is fascinating and begs many possibilities.
Is Moffat giving up the reigns?
Moffat has gone through the casting process of two Doctors, multiple companions and the 50th anniversary all while making Who and Sherlock the most successful British televsion exports ever; the man may need a break.
Will the 13th be not a white man?
The fandom was abuzz at the idea of a culturally diverse Doctor before Capaldi's introduction (even Helen Mirren was for it). Could Capaldi be the training wheels for such a dramatic shift in the character?
If this conjecture turns out to be true, anything is possible for Series 9. Read Beech's full article here.