New companion getting a workout with the Doctor
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.