Watch: 'Doctor Who's' Jenna Coleman says Matt Smith's exit is 'beautiful and sad'

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Well Whovians, you knew this day would come. It's the end of Matt Smith's cycle as the Doctor on "Doctor Who." Ever since it was announced that he would depart during the Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor," fans have been wondering what his goodbye to the character and series would be like.  Jenna Coleman, who plays his companion Clara, thinks it will be a very fitting end to the raggedy man.

During an interview on "BBC Breakfast," Coleman says shooting Smith's final episode definitely wasn't easy. "That day where we had those words to say, those wonderful beautiful words that Steven [Moffat] has written," she says. "We were just trying to avoid them for as long as possible and not wanting to look at the scene because it's so beautiful and sad."

In the end it was unavoidable. However, Coleman believes the episode wraps up all of the loose ends from the 11th Doctor's adventures. She adds, "It's like this wonderful arc in a way."

Currently, Coleman is rehearsing Series 8 with the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and things seem to be going well, though times have certainly changed. "It's a strange thing. We've been rehearsing over the last week but it feels like something very different," she says. "It's kind of taken a whole different direction and Peter's Doctor is very, very different."

The world will get their first look at Capaldi as the Doctor during the Christmas episode after Matt Smith says goodbye. "The Time of the Doctor" airs December 25 at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.
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