TONI MA­SON

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story -

TAK­ING on the role of Dr Who’s new com­pan­ion Clara took a lot more out of Jenna-Louise Cole­man than she ex­pected.

Cole­man says the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion of film­ing the new sea­son of the TV se­ries, re­turn­ing to ABC1 on March 31, meant she’d never slept bet­ter.

‘‘ You’re al­ways run­ning — ei­ther away from some­thing or to­wards some­thing,’’ she says.

As Cole­man was 18 when the re­vamped ver­sion of the Time Lord’s ad­ven­tures be­gan, ini­tially with Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston, she re­grets it was never a part of her child­hood.

Now she’s an avid fan and loves the role of Clara, who she says holds her own with the Doc­tor, played once more by Matt Smith.

‘‘ She doesn’t really wear her heart on her sleeve, and I think she has quite a lot of se­crets,’’ Cole­man says of Clara.

Tak­ing on the job of the Doc­tor’s new com­pan­ion, with the legacy of Amy and Rory (Karen Gil­lan and Arthur Darvill) still fresh would be in­tim­i­dat­ing for any ac­tor.

And Cole­man says it took a lot of dis­cus­sion be­fore she agreed to sign on.

‘‘ I thought through ev­ery­thing a lot and then Steven (Mof­fat, lead writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) de­scribed what

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