Companions Chat

You can’t keep companions quiet, especially when they’re chatterboxes Noel Clarke and Freema Agyeman, who between them have separately bent the ears of Doctor Who Magazine and Digital Spy.

Freema told DWM this month of how she was very critical of her own performance after seeing her companion-debut episode Smith and Jones.

“When I watched ‘Smith and Jones’ I ended up with a list, as long as you like, of notes on my own performance. And then I just thought, well, I can’t go back and change that! So now I can watch a whole episode of Doctor Who without cringing.”

(NB Freema was chatting to DWM as part of the “Out of the TARDIS” feature which has recently returned to the pages, in which those involved with the show answer random questions.)

Elsewhere Doctor Who actor and Torchwood writer Noel Clarke reckons that Doctor Who and Torchwood offer the same “accessible, family-oriented” viewing as their stateside rivals such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost and Alias.

“I think Doctor Who and Torchwood are the nearest things we have to that sort of family TV that everyone can watch together, even though Torchwood is that little bit edgier.”

Noel speaks to Digital Spy to promote new series West 10 LDN due to premier tonight on BBC Three.

On the matter of Doctor Who, he won’t be drawn on returning for Series 4, while he’s happy to reveal that he loved Series 3:

“I loved it. I thought the third series was absolutely brilliant. I’m not one of these people who stops watching something just because I’m not in it. I think the show just gets better and better as they’re learning where to put the money and the effects. Obviously David and Freema were excellent too.”

Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he…?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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