Any 'Doctor Who' fan knows that the series has a history of turnover from both its lead and supporting characters, but it seemed especially off that rumors of new series star Jenna-Louise Coleman already plotting her exit had begun to make the rounds. Thankfully the actress has at least confirmed that Clara Oswin Oswald will indeed stick around through the inevitable 'Doctor Who' series 8, but will the next series be a long time coming?

Fear not 'Doctor Who' fans, for the Doctor's newest companion isn't going anywhere just yet. Amid swirling rumors that recent 'Doctor Who' addition Jenna-Louise Coleman and her mysterious companion character Clara Oswin Oswald were already on their way out, Coleman herself recently confirmed to BBC Radio 5 that she would indeed be present for series 8, even if the Doctor's eighth cycle didn't shoot until September, given Matt Smith's expanding film career.

The second half of the show's seventh season premieres on March 30 with "The Bells of St. John,' while show-runner Steven Moffat recently of the new episodes:

It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!

Upcoming guests for the remainder of ‘Doctor Who’ series 7 include Celia Imrie, Richard E. Grant, Warwick Davis, Jessica Raine, Dougray Scott and Tamzin Outhwaite, as well as mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling. Rigg will also be seen in the coming season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ debuting one day later on March 31.

You can listen to Jenna-Louise Coleman's confirmation of season 8 below, and tell us what you're most excited to see from new 'Doctor Who' in the comments!