Doctor Who Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat with new companion Jenna Coleman

Published on April 6th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

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Jenna’s Audition with Matt

We mere mortals who eat beans and chips and work and sleep don’t have much idea about the intricacies of finding the right combination of actor and actress and driving them forward with a common aim to build a rapport that is as convincing on screen as it is in real life.

However there are those that do. With the help of Andy Prior, Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat and his production colleagues are able to cast the right people and appear to have done so once again with Jenna-Louise Coleman, the Doctor’s new companion later this year.

But how do they get to the point of knowing if a new actress will work with an established star? The answer, of course, is by watching them in action together.

To do this, a script is required. The actors – in this case Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman – must then work hard to create the impression of two people engaged in a fascinating conversation, tinged with danger.

The following comes from the latest Doctor Who Magazine (transcribed by Bleeding Cool) which at the very least reveals Jenna as playing a character called Jasmine (again). You might recognise some of it…

The Doctor and Jasmine are investigating a haunted house.

DOCTOR: So you saw it coming in here? What did it look like?

JASMINE: Grey. Sort of dusty. Like it was made of spider webs.

D: And it came through the wall.

J: Yeah, that wall there.

D: But you don’t think it was a ghost. Why not?

J: Because there’s no such thing as ghosts.

D: You know, a lot of people who saw what you saw wouldn’t still think that.

J: Obviously. Otherwise there wouldn’t be idiots who believe in ghosts.

D: What were you doing here?

J: I love this place. It’s… beautiful.

D: It’s falling apart.

J: It’s old. I love old things, they make me feel sad.

D: What’s good about sad?

J: It’s happy for deep people. You’d know.

D: I’m not sad.

J: Oh, you are though. Under all that talking and leaping about. Takes one to know one.

D: So you come here for… recreational sadness?

J: Yeah. In a way. Okay, why are you looking at me like that?

D: You remind me of an old friend of mine. Someone I lost a long time ago.

J: Down boy. I’m not her.

D: Oh, I know you’re not – I don’t believe in ghosts either.

J: Oh my God, what’s that?

D: Okay, just stay calm.

J: But that’s the thing I saw before.

D: Yep, and it’s coming towards us. I expect you noticed that. Say it with me – I don’t believe in ghosts!

J: I don’t believe in ghosts!

D: Louder! I don’t believe in ghosts!

J: I don’t believe in ghosts!! Will this work?

D: No idea, never met a ghost before

Whether any of this makes it into an episode or not remains to be seen…

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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+.




10 Responses to Jenna’s Audition with Matt

  1. avatar daniel says:

    If you read the article its very clear that Jasmine is not the new companions name…its just a generic name chosen for the purposes of the article


    • Well I’d love to see you quote from the article to illustrate this comment Daniel, as I can’t find anything that confirms what you say!

      • avatar Finlay says:

        It’s in the Production Notes in this month’s issue of DWM.


        • Bang to rights you caught me. Guilty as charged, I haven’t read the latest DWM.

          And before anyone says anything it has nothing to do with their repeated overlooking of Kasterborous whenever they run “round-up” pieces for the web or Twitter. Nor does it have anything to do with them ignoring the Ultimate Regeneration press release or the free review copy.

          As it happens, I do read DWM, just not necessarily on the day it comes out.

          But seriously, I would take the Moff’s words with a pinch of salt.

  2. avatar Darren says:

    “Two things before you read it. Her name is NOT JASMINE [Moff's emphasis, not mine]. I don’t like the name Jasmine (sorry all Jasmines I don’t mean you).” DWM, 446, page 6, fourth paragraph in the second section

  3. avatar Tim says:

    Rather than quoting the notoriously unreliable Bleeding Cool, just read the full magazine article. It clearly states Jasmine is NOT the companion’s name – two paragraphs up from the bottom of the first column. Moffat also calls the piece a “spoiler from a future that is never going to happen”.

  4. avatar ChrisL says:

    Knowing Mr Moffat’s penchant for stupid names he probably will name her Jasmine – just so he can shorten it to “Jazz” within the first 10 minutes of her debut.

    • avatar slateno says:

      Sounds accurate. XD


    • Oh I understand now. You want me to take Steven Moffat at face value and believe everything he says!

      Right…

  5. avatar Cricket says:

    Isn’t some of this dialogue from (or reminiscent of) “Blink”?

    SS: I love old things. They make me feel sad.
    KN: What’s good about sad?
    SS: It’s happy for deep people.

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