Doctor Who‘s 50+ years on television are rife with the many arrivals and departures of new and old cast members, both for the titular role and for the human companion (or companions) who traditionally accompany the space and time-traveling alien all over the universe. Hence why, when it was announced last September that series regular Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) was leaving, fans and the media rekindled the ever-popular discussion about what kind of companion the Doctor should take on next, and who should play them. The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi voiced his opinion on the matter, and once the new companion was revealed in April, the matter was dropped entirely.
However, it seems Capaldi hasn’t let go of the Clara character just yet. That, or he didn’t want to disappoint fans at the Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. on Monday, because he suggested that his fellow convention guest’s so-called “soufflé girl” might return at some point in the near future. Per the Radio Times:
“I’m not sure how successfully Clara was able to wipe his mind,” Capaldi told the crowd alongside fellow guest Coleman, adding “I just… I was about to tell you something I can’t tell you.”
This is a fan-driven convention, obviously, so Capaldi’s accidental pseudo admission of Doctor Who secrets wasn’t going to disappear into the ether. He was bugged about Clara’s potential return incessantly before he finally caved and admitted he and Coleman had “shot something” in which “Clara was still there.” Meanwhile, outgoing showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat was probably ranting and raving in the thickest, angriest Scottish accent imaginable elsewhere — were it not for the fact that he’s leaving after the next season, so what Capaldi says and does in public won’t be his problem for much longer.