Matt Smith 'very excited' by Jenna-Louise Coleman 'Doctor Who' casting

Published Mar 22 2012, 19:35 GMT  |  By

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."

The Eleventh Doctor from Doctor Who

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Jenna-Louise Coleman

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Confirming 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.

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Karen Gillan as The Doctor's latest companion Amy Pond.