New com­pan­ion get­ting a work­out with the Doc­tor

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on the role of Doc­tor 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, meant she’d never slept bet­ter. ‘‘You’re al­ways run­ning – ei­ther away from some­thing or to­wards some­thing,’’ she says.

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

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 in­tim­i­date any ac­tor. Cole­man says there was much dis­cus­sion be­fore she agreed to sign on. ‘‘I thought through ev­ery­thing a lot and then Steven (Mof­fat, lead writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) de­scribed what the story was and from then I to­tally jumped in with two feet first,’’ she says. There is a Clara doll in the works. Cole­man hasn’t seen it, but says her house­mates will en­joy hav­ing one around.

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