Former Emmerdale actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has landed the role of the Time Lord’s new companion in Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

Producer Steven Moffat announced the actress will replace Karen Gillan’s character Amy Pond when she leaves the show in the next series.

Coleman, 25, has also appeared in Waterloo Road and Julian Fellowes’ four part mini-series Titanic.

The star said: “I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to get cracking.”

Coleman, who will make her first appearance in the Christmas special, added that she is a “huge fan” of the show.

The actress, who is from Blackpool, revealed she auditioned alongside Matt Smith, who plays the 11th Doctor.

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For an alien, this Dr. Who fellow seems to have quite an eye for feminine beauty, I daresay. Wot?