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.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - The Big Inter View -

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.

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