Fans of the TV series are notoriously protective about the series, so when JennaLouise Coleman was named as his new sidekick she had a lot to live up to.
HERE’S nothing like being on the Doctor Who Christmas special set to get you in a Yuletide mood. It’s August when I visit the Cardiff studio, but a blanket of snow covers the narrow streets of Victorian London and, round one corner, I glimpse the Tardis surrounded by pine trees. The show’s festive episode is always one of the biggest events of the TV calendar, but there’s an extra reason to watch this year. It’s the first time fans will see Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor’s new sidekick, Clara.
When Karen Gillan’s replacement was announced, there was a collective cry of “Who?” While the 26-year-old undoubtedly has an impressive CV – she’s enjoyed stints in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road – before getting the Dr Who gig, Coleman wasn’t exactly a household name.
Fans of the show are notoriously protective of the format and the characters and any new addition to the cast has to prove their worth before being fully accepted into the Whovian family. It was the same when Gillan took over from Freema Agyeman and when Catherine Tate became the Timelord’s temporary companion following the departure of Billie Piper.
However, when Coleman made a surprise appearance in the show earlier this year as a Dalek called Oswin, some viewers were left feeling a little confused. Was the good doctor really about to team up with one of his sworn enemies? It seems not.
“I’m not Oswin. I’m a different person,” says Coleman, fresh from wardrobe in a corseted burgundy gown – the Christmas Day episode is blessed with a large injection of Dickensian festive spirit. “The connection is that it’s me playing both characters, but that’s the mystery. This is the starting point from where the rest of the series will go...”
Coleman tails off, at pains not to reveal too much. As usual, the episode, titled The Snowmen, is shrouded in secrecy. Writer Steven Moffat has said he prefers to keep details of the Christmas-day plot a closely guarded secret and it’s a philosophy apparently embraced by the rest of the
NEW PARTNERS: Jenna-Louise Coleman and The Doctor (Matt Smith) prepare for another adventure through time.