Doctor Who News New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat: No Surprises Before Christmas!

Anyone looking to find out the name and character of the Doctors new companion – played by Jenna-Louise Coleman – had better not ask Steven Moffat. If the showrunner had his way, the show would be produced on the dark side of the moon, far away from prying eyes and potential spoilers.

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

Speaking to Digital Spy recently, Moffat told fans that the earliest they would expect to learn anything about Coleman’s character would be when she makes her first appearance at Christmas:

“We’ve got a good story and there are some proper legitimate surprises in it. I’m excited by it. I think we’re going to do some fun stuff.”

Obviously, that might not be the case:

“We can’t really contain everything, because people will crawl all over us with cameras and sneak views of scripts and call-sheets. Something will get out. But we’ve been fairly sly, so let’s wait and see.

Again, a lot of the audience that I talk to specifically avoid any spoilers and I’m absolutely certain they have a better experience of the show. As I’ve always said, if I could make it on the dark side of the moon, I would, but you can’t do these things.”

If it wasn’t for their respective agents and the nature of the business, Moffat wouldn’t have even told us of the Ponds’ impending departure (can you imagine how special a moment that would have been?):

“I got pilloried by somebody at some deep level of naivety about the industry – they were angry that I’d revealed the fact that Amy and Rory were even going to leave! But y’know, actor’s agents really do have to advertise their client’s availability – I had no choice but to announce they were going to leave. But in an ideal world, you wouldn’t even do that.”





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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

6 Responses to Moffat: No Surprises Before Christmas!

  1. avatar Warrington Carter says:

    These sort of casting details have never been secret. They never will be, either.

    For Moffat, the honeymoon is long since over. He’s better than RTD, sure. But that’s no longer enough.

    • avatar Matt says:

      What does a dig at Moffat have to do with this story?

      • avatar Warrington Carter says:

        Hmm, let’s see now. Moffat’s quoted twice in the article, and he’s the one that picked Jenna for the role. So what does it have to do with it? Everything.

        • avatar Victor says:

          Err, no, not really, as you’re ignoring the actual article content just to have a bitch about the person quoted.

          • avatar Warrington Carter says:

            I love how pointing out the actual and obvious failures of the
            showrunner is “having a bitch” at him. Learn critical thinking,

  2. avatar Victor says:

    And Warrington, I love how people often mistake their own opinions on something subjective as fact.

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