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This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “Last Christmas,” included a tear-inducing farewell for the Doctor’s companion Clara. Well, until it wasn’t. And now the actress who plays Clara has made it clear she’s here to stay.

Speaking to the BBC, Jenna Coleman confirmed that she will continue to play Clara for another season of Doctor Who.

“I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved,” Coleman said. “I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”

Coleman’s Clara has served as companion to both the Matt Smith and the Peter Capaldi incarnations of the Doctor since her arrival on the show in 2012. Though last night’s “Last Christmas” made it appear like this would be the end for Clara, she’ll continue her adventures alongside Capaldi for another year.

“The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change,” Coleman explained. “So I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”

For more on this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, read EW‘s recap of the episode and hear from the Doctor, Clara, and St. Nick (Frost) himself about making the special.

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