“Doctor Who” fans might not be getting a light and happy Christmas special this year. What makes us think that? Well, the title of the holiday episode is “Last Christmas,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. That’s a bit ominous.
This wouldn’t be the first time a “Doctor Who” Christmas special took a dark turn. While the hit BBC sci-fi series has done fun homages to “A Christmas Carol” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” we've also seen many of the doctor's darker moments during the holiday season. He dealt with the loss of Rose (Billie Piper) in “Runaway Bride,” and he regenerated in the 2013 Christmas special. This year, there could be another loss in the cast: Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays Clara.
Coleman’s second appearance on “Doctor Who” was in the 2012 Christmas special, titled “The Snowmen,” so it would be fitting for her character's story to end in another holiday episode. Peter Capaldi has confirmed his return for Season 9, but Coleman isn’t giving anything away. Rumors about her leaving "Doctor Who" have been circulating since August, but nothing has been confirmed. Coleman allegedly talked to showrunner Steven Moffat and they decided not to tell the public if she is sticking with the show.
“Because there’s a surprise we’ve got coming, it’s much better that nobody knows which way it’s going to go – so that’s where we’re trying to keep it at the moment,” Coleman told Radio Times earlier this fall.
It seems that Moffat and Coleman want fans to fear for Clara’s life, but is it working? Do you think “Last Christmas” could be Clara’s last episode? Take the poll:
The “Doctor Who” 2014 Christmas special airs Dec. 25 on BBC America.