JENNA LOUISE COLEMAN INTERVIEW
THE DOCTOR'S NEWEST COMPANION CLARA OSWALD
To celebrate the highly anticipated release of
Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 (May 22nd), Jenna Louise Coleman discusses her role
in the TV series as Clara Oswald, the newest companion of the Doctor.
Jenna is talking animatedly about her first series as the
Doctor’s companion. It will be fantastic to see the final version with all
of the elements put together.
Having made a surprise
appearance as one of the Doctor’s most notorious of enemies, a Dalek, in last
year’s series opener, audiences have been treated to two different versions of
the latest companion. We’ve had one introduction to Clara in the Christmas
special, but not necessarily the same Clara we will see in this series,
explains Jenna. But the essence of all the different versions is the same,
Jenna continues, she’s very brave and resourceful, a match for the Doctor and
an explorer in her own right. She dreams of travelling and seeing the world and
wants more than what’s on offer.
So how has Jenna found working
with Matt Smith? Just a joy, it really is. He is the most perfect leading
man and sets such a lovely tone on set, making the atmosphere so wonderful.
There’s not much more you could ask for in your co-star, she concludes.
The series opener ‘The Bells of
Saint John’ is a modern day urban thriller, which sees the Doctor and Clara face
a monster in the wi-fi, as minds are uploaded by an organisation run by Miss
Kizlet (Celia Imrie). Set in London, Jenna was thrown in to the deep end
as she was asked to get on a motorbike…driven by the notoriously clumsy Matt
I loved shooting in London,
says Jenna, it was so much fun. It was one of those moments where I
thought “I’m filming Doctor Who, on a motorbike, riding across Westminster
Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background.” So would Jenna
trust Matt to drive her on a motorbike in real life? Well on screen it looks
very exciting, but both of us were being very silly as we were so tightly
strapped in. I just clung on!
As the newest edition to the
show, Jenna explains how this series will take the viewer on the same journey of
discovery she experienced when she first joined, especially for episode two ‘The
Rings of Akhaten’ which is set on an alien planet. It’s one of my favourite
episodes, says Jenna, it’s so weird and wonderful and something that only
this show can offer. It show’s Clara for the first time what life with the
Doctor will be like. It’s a complete fantasy, she continues, and
it’s great for audiences as the story begins again and we get to explore all
these strange new worlds together, as well as getting to know the Doctor again.
The third episode, ‘Cold War’,
set on a Russian submarine marks the return of the classic Doctor Who monster
the Ice Warriors. They were terrifying, exclaims Jenna, I think this
is the first time Clara is really, really scared. The whole set was really
realistic and built to size, which wasn’t too much of a problem for me, she
jokes. So how did they make it look so realistic? Before every
take they would come and spray us, the whole make-up process was reversed as
they would damp us down in the morning and rub my mascara off! We were soaking
wet for two weeks.
So having completed filming and
watched most of the episodes, does Jenna have a favourite? I really like The
Rings of Akhaten as and it’s the first proper adventure for the Doctor and
Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 is
available now on Blu-ray & DVD
The Doctor kicks off this new
run of adventures by searching for his companion Clara – an Impossible Girl he’s
already lost twice. Together they find themselves battling monsters on distant
alien planets, trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chasing
terrifying ghosts, delving into the heart of the TARDIS, facing the Crimson
Horror in Victorian Yorkshire, and coming face to face with an army of upgraded
Cybermen. The action grows and the Doctor’s oldest secret threatens to be
revealed as the world’s longest running science fiction series builds toward its
explosive 50th anniversary.
Doctor Who Christmas Special 2012: The Snowmen
Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow
is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a
chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on
the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not
to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the
Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and
Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?
SPECIAL FEATURES: 1 x 2 minute Prequel to
Episode 6: Bells of St. Johns
• Children In Need special • Behind the Scenes Christmas Special: Clara's
White Christmas • 1 x 2 minute Prequel to Christmas Episode: Vastra
investigates • 1 x 45 minute feature The Companions • Clarence and
The Whispermen •