Granny is chuffed

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DOC­TOR Who writer Steven Moffat said it felt ‘‘like a mir­a­cle’’ when he saw the show’s new star Jen­naLouise Cole­man au­di­tion with Matt Smith.

The 25-year-old for­mer Em­merdale ac­tress was un­veiled as the Time Lord’s new as­sis­tant in the sci-fi show.

Karen Gil­lan, who plays Amy Pond, is due to leave the BBC ad­ven­ture this year along with Arthur Darvill, who plays her on-screen hus­band Rory.

Moffat said Cole­man’s part­ner­ship with Smith ‘‘came to life’’ dur­ing the au­di­tions.

‘‘It al­ways feels like a mir­a­cle when you find the right per­son be­cause we saw a lot of bril­liant ac­tresses,’’ says Mof­fatt.

‘‘There was a mo­ment I re­mem­ber from the sec­ond time she came in, and they were au­di­tion­ing to­gether and they both looked fright­ened do­ing a Doc­tor Who scene, and it just was an in­stant poster.’’

Cole­man, who played les­bian Jas­mine Thomas in the York­shire soap, starts film­ing in May and will make her first ap­pear­ance in the Christ­mas Day spe­cial.

Moffat re­mained tight-lipped about the new se­ries, say­ing Cole­man’s in­tro­duc­tion would not be ‘‘the usual story’’.

‘‘It’s a very, very dif­fer­ent way for the Doc­tor to meet his new friend,’’ he says.

Fans in the UK will see six episodes this year with eight more in 2013 and Moffat re­vealed Gil­lan would be writ­ten out in the fifth episode of 2012 in a final en­counter with the weep­ing an­gels.

‘‘Not ev­ery­one gets out alive and I mean it this time,’’ he says.

Cole­man, from Black­pool, will soon ap­pear as An­nie Des­mond in Ju­lian Fel­lowes’ new Ti­tanic drama.

She was ‘‘be­yond ex­cited’’ to join the

com­pan­ion Karen Gil­lan pre­pares to make her exit and (inset) new­comer Jenna-louise Cole­man. show and ‘‘so re­lieved’’ to fi­nally be able to tell peo­ple she had the job six weeks af­ter find­ing out. ‘‘I was in Marks and Spencer hold­ing an avo­cado de­cid­ing what goes best in a salmon salad, that was my big de­bate at the time, and then I got the phone call and just had to put ev­ery­thing down and leave the shop and go for a walk,’’ she says.

‘‘I told my mum but I couldn’t tell any­one else, so I was this weird ex­cited but had to act com­pletely nor­mal.’’

Cole­man knew she wanted the job af­ter the au­di­tion process was ‘‘so much fun’’.

‘‘Work­ing with Matt it felt so spon­ta­neous, and we just didn’t know where it was go­ing to go and he’s got so much en­ergy that’s its just in­fec­tious, so that’s what I feel ex­cited about.’’ she says.

Cole­man also re­vealed that her new role par­tic­u­larly de­lighted one mem­ber of her fam­ily – her grand­mother.

‘‘It’s her favourite, favourite show and she loves Matt as well so to give her the news was re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ she says.

Com­ing to ABC1.

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