Victoria co-stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes hold hands on romantic Christmas shopping trip as they meet up with Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi

He was by her side on-screen for the popular royal drama and love story, Victoria.

But new boyfriend Tom Hughes was playing the supporting role for a different drama last weekend, as he joined Jenna Coleman in meeting her former Doctor Who co-star Peter Capaldi.

Jenna, who played The Doctor's assistant Clara Oswald between 2012 and 2015, went hand-in-hand with Tom for a romantic Christmas shopping trip in Primrose Hill, London, confirming that things are going strong for the acting couple.

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Holding hands: Jenna Coleman was seen holding hands with Victoria co-star Tom Hughes last weekend, as they went Christmas shopping in London's Primrose Hill

The couple didn't seem to have come across 12th Doctor Peter by chance, since he seemed to be taking a break from filming at the time.

Familiar with the acting great, Tom greeted Peter with a hug and even stood to one side while fans asked for a selfie for the TV veteran.

To keep warm, Peter wore a padded jacket over the top of what appeared to be nurses' scrubs, worn with trainers.  

Reunited: The pair went along to see her old Doctor Who co-star Peter Capaldi, who appeared to be filming

Always involved: Though Jenna left her part in Doctor Who in 2015, she seems to still be involved in part

Old friends? Tom seemed familiar with Peter and even greeted him with a hug

Sharing a hug: Jenna and her former acting companion still seemed close

The trio stopped to chat for some time before hot new couple Tom and Jenna departed to complete their festive shopping spree.

Fans will remember that Jenna was seemingly killed off in Series 9 of Doctor Who, but talk of a return started again as soon as June when he hinted that he had filmed a scene with the actress.

He said: 'I’m not sure how successfully Clara was able to wipe his mind,' speaking of the final scenes in which Clara was supposed to be wiped from The Doctor's memory.

Cute couple: A playful Jenna was spotted entertaining her boyfriend in novelty glasses during their shopping trip

Humorous: The pretty brunette showed off her funnier side

Do you think I'm specsy? Clearly enamored with the shades, Jenna was later seen leaving in them

Friends in common: The pair are said to have been dating for over a year now

Organising a meet-up? The duo were quite comfortable in one another's company

He added: 'I just… I was about to tell you something I can’t tell you,' before teasing: 'I just shot something that Clara was still there in.' 

Pearl Mackie, 29, was pictured filming scenes for the popular sci-fi drama in woodland in Cardiff, as Series 10 commenced work in November. 

Pearl was cast in April to replace Jenna - who quit the sci-fi series after its ninth outing - when the show returns in spring 2017.

She was first seen filming for the show in June. Pictured on set at a late-night shoot at Cardiff University, she showed off her svelte figure in a striped vest top and jeans. 

Elsewhere, the ITV drama Victoria has just been commissioned for a second series, starring Jenna and her on and off-screen love interest Tom.

The drama is likely to air in Autumn 2017 after ratings averaged 7.7 million viewers and the show took a 29.7% share of viewing figures.

Heading for dinner? The romantic shopping trip also appeared to feature a dinner

Perfect twosome: The duo have been getting on famously, even reportedly moving in together

Bye for now? Jenna and Tom briefly parted ways during their day out

Chic, as always: Jenna wore a long, stylish overcoat and platform shoes

Fashion fan: The actress is always known for keeping up appearances

Alongside its success, it was the backdrop for actress Jenna's real-life love story with Tom, which they are yet to confirm in person.

Speculation that they were an item began in September when The Mail On Sunday revealed that they had been enjoying a private romance for almost a year.

The source said: 'They’ve been together for months, on and off since last summer.'

Chatting away: Even though Jenna doesn't seem to be involved in Doctor Who at this time, she kept close contact with her former co-star

In touch: Jenna previously played The Doctor's assistant for three years

Keeping warm: Peter wore a padded jacket over the top of his clothes

Another source added: 'The reason the chemistry is so tangible is because they are dating in real life. Those scenes are very real. They are completely hooked on one another.' 

It was even reported in late September that the duo had moved in together, having known each other in separate acting circles for as long as three years.

The pair are said to have first met on BBC2 drama Dancing On The Edge but Jenna was in a long-term relationship with fellow actor Richard Madden at the time.

Tom has also had a high profile relationship with Ophelia Lovibond and they had been living together at that time too. 

One for the fans: Tom was asked to take a picture with the Doctor for a fan

Obliging: Actor Tom was only too keen to capture the precious moment

Will you? A keen Doctor Who fan approached the group

Giddy: The trio all shared a laugh with one another

On set? Filming for series 10 commenced filming in November

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