Published on March 25th, 2012 | by Scott Varnham
Doctors Chat About Companion Casting
With the announcement on the 21st of March that the actually-rather-attractive Jenna Louise Coleman is the new companion to Matt Smith’s Doctor, Matt Smith himself has given a few choice quotes on her casting, starting off with the obvious quote and the reason the concept of a companion exists in the first place.
The Doctor needs a companion, you see. He can’t travel alone.
While it would be nice to see an entire series of him travel alone, just to shake things up, we all know it’s probably never going to happen (as proven by the 2009 specials, which saw a need to appoint a companion of the hour). Therefore, I would personally be glad to see an end to this persistent plot thread, as we’ve seen time and time again that he can’t travel alone or bad things happen, with the most notable examples being The Waters Of Mars and The Wedding Of River Song.
On Jenna, he said
[It's] very exciting news. I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses. But I think Jenna responded to Steven’s writing in the most interesting way. We’re very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family.
“Most interesting” sounds like the kind of thing he’s saying because he doesn’t want to say “best”, which is a bit worrying.
David Tennant also got wind of the casting (in this day and age, who hasn’t?) and had some very wise advice.
She’s going on a very exciting journey. I hope she has some good friends to hold her hand because it can be a bit scary when you get thrust into that level of attention, speaking from personal experience.
Makes you wonder how he’s coped since, doesn’t it?
With the stars behind her, I find it hard to see her failing and it sounds like she should be very good at what she does! All that remains now is to wait and see how she fares on the travels through time and space.