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