ITV has released dramatic new pictures of former Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria

ITV has released dramatic new pictures of former Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.

The 30-year-old actress, who left the TARDIS as companion Clara late last year, stars as the young monarch in ITV’s lavish new eight-part costume drama Victoria.

Victoria centres on the early life of the queen, from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).

“Victoria is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story,” says Jenna.

One snap released features Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, her first Prime Minister, riding side by side with Victoria.

The pair quickly became friends and their relationship was so close it became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government.

Meanwhile, Prince Albert appears in the drama from episode three, immediately making an impression on the young Queen, his first cousin.

Although Victoria was initially reluctant to rush into marrying Albert, their partnership was a success and they would ultimately produce nine children.

Victoria also features Eve Myles as Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser, Nigel Lindsay as Tory Party leader Sir Robert Peel and Peter Firth as the Queen’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland.

It is expected to air on ITV later this year.