If you were paying attention to the fog of tabloid-driven rumors floating around the broadcast of Doctor Who series 8, the biggie was that Jenna Coleman was to due to leave the show in its concluding episode, "Death In Heaven."
Those original quitting rumors, it turns out, were entirely on the money.
Steven Moffat revealed that Clara was originally written out at the end of the series-eight finale, “Death in Heaven,” rather than the Xmas special. Here’s what Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine:
“That was her last episode. And then she asked me if she could be in Christmas? So I said, 'Okay, I'll write you out in Christmas.' She came to the read through and did the 'write out' version - and again changed her mind.”
“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. I didn't really want Death in Heaven to be her last episode. And with Last Christmas, I'd already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. For Christmas Day it's a bit nicer. Frankly, I didn't want to lose her. She's an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
Coleman’s ultimate decision to stay on for series nine (after first deciding to leave) makes her the longest-running companion of the modern Doctor Who era.
So, we've almost lost Clara Oswald twice now. How long until we lose the character for good? And who might we see instead?