If you can believe what is printed by Mirror and the sources from which they get their entertainment tips then this item may be of interest. Like its American counterpart The National Enquirer, many of the stories found between its pages and their online outlet have proven to be dubious at best, but even a blind squirrel will find a nut from time to time so perhaps their latest report that Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald will be leaving Doctor Who after the upcoming Christmas episode may have a bit of flesh on the bone.
It is a well known fact throughout the history of the Doctor Who franchise the Time Lord goes through companions like scissors through crape paper so the news of Coleman’s departing, if it turns out to be true, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to the seasoned Who fan.
According to a Mirror source, “The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out. By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.” The source was quick to add that the decision to depart is a mutual one without any animosity from the parties involved.
Since Doctor Who first ventured through time and space back in 1963 there have been a total of 60-plus companions who have traveled with him in the TARDIS and without them it is likely the series wouldn’t have lasted and become the longest running science fiction television show in history. Sarah Jane Smith, wonderfully played by the late Elisabeth Sladen, is the longest continuous running companion having shared adventures with the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) for nearly three years. She also made a return for a couple of episodes with the tenth Doctor (David Tennant). If Coleman leaves after the 2014 Christmas episode she will place second. However, if you count the total number of time-traveling adventures anyone companion ever had with the Doctor then that record is held by Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). She flew through space and time for twenty-six different adventures with Doctor number eleven played by Matt Smith. That record is likely to stand for some time.