Matt Smith 'very excited' by Jenna-Louise Coleman 'Doctor Who' casting Published Mar 22 2012, 19:35 GMT | By Paul Millar 19Shares Share Share Doctor Who star Matt Smith has praised the appointment of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the show's new companion.The Time Lord actor believes that Coleman, formerly of Emmerdale, gave the "most interesting" audition in front of showrunner Steven Moffat.During an interview with BBC Radio Wales, Smith said: "[It's] very exciting news." © BBC © PA Images > Ten Things About... Jenna-Louise Coleman> Jenna-Louise Coleman: Your first impressions - Doctor Who pollConfirming that he has already met Coleman, Smith added: "I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses. "But I think Jenna responded to Steven's writing in the most interesting way. We're very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family."Coleman, who is starring in Julian Fellowes's upcoming ITV drama Titanic, is to replace Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), who both depart midway through the next series.> Doctor Who Steven Moffat: 'Matt Smith hasn't decided when he'll go'> Read Jenna-Louise Coleman's Doctor Who press conference in fullPhoto gallery - check out past Doctor Who companions below:19Shares Share Share 1 of 6 Next Karen Gillan as The Doctor's latest companion Amy Pond. 1 of 6 Next More Cult Doctor Who Matt Smith Jenna-Louise Coleman Steven Moffat Julian Fellowes Karen Gillan Arthur DarvillPrevious 'Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock' delayed until April Next Tennant: 'Jenna-Louise Coleman will have a great time on Doctor Who'