Names are not only a hook to hang a face on. They’re vital in understanding just where a character has been and where he or she is heading.
A name can even suggest a character’s entire story.
Could Philip Marlowe be anything other than a private detective? Could that coarse two syllable surname suggest anything other than a man who had chewed his way through life? Doesn’t it lend itself to mean, uncompromising streets?
Although Amy’s name was significant it wasn’t the most crucial detail in understanding how Steven Moffat was going to use the idea of a companion – nor was it really necessary to have a character called Rose if you were just going to dress her in a union jack anyway.
Amy Pond suggested a flight of fancy; a world different to our own, a lyrical, old world place of endless possibilities and a strong sense of justice and reward.
So what world will Jenna Louise-Coleman bring with her when her character’s name is finally revealed?
One person who can’t tell you is Jenna herself who, according to this week’s Radio Times doesn’t want to know anything until its absolutely necessary:
“I have an idea of the story, of the character and of a few surprises but I don’t know her name or where she’s from. I just told Steven [Moffat] and [executive producer] Caroline Skinner, ‘Don’t tell me anything until I need to know it’.”
Perhaps she read about the lengths Moffat went to with the actors involved in River Song’s big reveal and decided she’s down with that kind of subterfuge?
To read her first interview since the announcement, in which talks more about secrecy, special effects and Steven Moffat pick up the Radio Times on sale now.