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One thing is for certain if you star in : your tenure won't last very long. Whether you leave by choice or regeneration decides for you, the time-traveling adventures can only last for so long.

Just ask Doctor Who alums Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. Although they each had a good run on the long-running series, fans can now find them on new dramas, and , which coincidentally share a common theme: reigning queens and royal families.

Before Taking the Thrones

took over the TARDIS from his predecessor, David Tennant, to become the Eleventh Doctor. The bow-tie wearing alien served three series from 2010 through the 2013 Christmas special. Much of his time was spent alongside companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

made her first appearance in 2012 but it wasn't until the third version of her character that she became the series-regular companion during the 2012 Christmas special, "The Snowmen." Who could forget an episode featuring evil snowmen? The quick-talking and witty Clara Oswald served as the doctor's right-hand woman for three series as well, including the regeneration into Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.

Coleman decided to exit the series because she wanted time away from TV, but it turns out she was offered a new role that she could not refuse!


The UK-based period drama follows the life of Queen Victoria, and it is already being described as the next Downton Abbey. Thirty-year-old Jenna Coleman portrays Queen Victoria through the early years of the woman's reign. The eight-episode first series covers her takeover of the throne at 18, marriage to Prince Albert, and birth of their first child. The series has already premiered in the UK on ITV from August through October, and has already been renewed for a second series including a Christmas special for 2017.

"The Grandmother of Europe" served for 63 years (1837-1901) so there is plenty of material for series creators to work with. There is no word regarding how long Coleman will be portraying the queen — and whether she is just taking care of the early years — but considering the series is getting rave reviews, she may be in for the long haul. Victoria has been winning Sunday night ratings wars against Poldark and the numbers are impressive. The series will premiere in the US on January 15, 2017 on PBS.

'The Crown'

is unveiling a brand new series following the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day in 1947 to present day. Matt Smith will be playing the role of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elizabeth (played by Claire Foy). The first season will consist of 10 episodes, with the plan for 60 episodes over a span of six seasons, each season covering a decade of the Queen's powerful reign.

The show will take viewers behind the doors of Buckingham Palace and Westminster and into the private lives of the infamous royal family. There has always been an obsession with the modern-day royal family, but there is now the chance to dive deeper into the young life of the Queen, the declining empire, and the political struggles she encountered. Not to mention raising a family and marrying a man who to many seemed unfit.

But there was much more to the Duke of Edinburgh than most believed. The series will take a look at a man trying to support his wife but also getting caught up in other temptations and a new lifestyle that puts a strain on the marriage. We could assume the content will be exaggerated for extra drama, but as Matt Smith explained to the Telegraph when asked about the man he is portraying:

"I found that in his younger self there was such a lot to admire. He was a great naval man, revered in the Navy; he was bright and witty, and a great father, actually – he was very much the one involved with the children."

The Crown will be Netflix's most expensive project to date, reportedly costing £100 million ($1.2m) for the first 20 episodes. Another treat includes the great John Lithgow playing Sir Winston Churchill. The series in its entirety premieres November 4th on Netflix.


Will you be catching these two new period dramas?


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