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'Doctor Who' Will Debut New Companion At Christmas

UPDATE: Is Jenna-Louise Coleman's companion named Jasmine?

Jenna-Louise Coleman knew she was well on her way of landing what she described her dream job when producers and casting agents put her in the same room as "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith.

Before jumping into the lion's den, Smith had some Doctorly words of advice for Coleman: "We're going to have the best time ever."

Coleman shared her enthusiasm about the role for the first time with the British publication What's On TV, and how landing the role as The Doctor's new companion has changed her life. And Christmas -- where she is expected to debut her character -- seems like a long ways away.

"I'm so relieved the secret is out now," Coleman said. While she was cast weeks ago, she had to keep the news under wraps until showrunner Steven Moffat was ready to make the announcement to "Doctor Who" fans around the world.

"My flatmates had no idea, and it opened up this whole web of lies" before the announcement, Coleman said. "I have realized that I am actually quite a good liar, which is terrifying."

It did prove that Coleman can keep a secret, something that will be required in today's technology age where anyone and everyone is trying to get advance notice of what's happening on their favorite shows. "Doctor Who" is hardly immune -- Moffat himself has been keeping details about Coleman's characters under tight wraps, as well as how the current companion characters played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will leave this coming season.

Coleman did share some details about her character to Doctor Who Monthly (courtesy of SFX), but it probably created more questions than it answered.

"There's definitely a story arc," she said. "It sounds really interesting, really exciting. I don't think anything's been done like it before, but there are lots of secrets and intrigue, and I think it's going to throw and confuse a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people."

Although production is already underway on the current season, it seems that Coleman has yet to report for companion duty on the "Doctor Who" set. However, she has not yet come down from her huge emotional high after landing the role.

"I'm a huge fan of the show, so I'm beyond excited," she said. "It's actually my grandma's favorite show, so she's like the most excited person in the world. I can't wait to start filming."

The Christmas debut was reported by the magazine, but has not been confirmed. That news, coupled with previous reports that the new companion would be introduced in the middle of the upcoming season, suggests that the next season of "Doctor Who" would indeed be split. Half the episodes, debuting in the fall, will air in 2012, along with a Christmas special featuring Coleman, and the other half will likely broadcast in Spring 2013.

That would mean the departure of Amy Pond and Rory Williams could come as the mid-season finale, which would likely air in October.

None of this has been confirmed by BBC, however, so much of this remains purely rumor and speculation.

Get your first video look at the new "Doctor Who" season right here.

UPDATE: Doctor Who Magazine shared portions of the audition script used to help select the new companion, and it includes a name, according to Bleeding Cool. Could the new companion be named Jasmine? And will the Christmas special have a haunted house theme?

It looks likely, but then again, the names of characters and actual story may have been changed to protect the innocent (the innocent in this case being major story plot and character information for this season of "Doctor Who.")

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