Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Moffat’s Genius Plan: “Who’s Oswin?”

An interesting snippet has arisen from the recent Entertainment Weekly interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman – she wasn’t originally intended to be in Asylum of the Daleks

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in Doctor Who: The Snowmen

It seems that Jenna-Louise went in to audition for Clara, only to find that Steven Moffat had one of his “Grand Moff” moments, resulting in initial confusion, which later mellowed into admiration

“It’s interesting actually — I think I can tell you this — that that was never the initial plan either, to have me be Oswin. That was part of a genius plan that Steven came up with half way through the audition process. That was already written but not written for what was to be the new companion.

“I was auditioning for the companion and then I got all these sides and I was like, “Who’s Oswin? They clearly don’t know what they want, they obviously don’t know what they’re looking for. They just want people to show them different things and see.” This is what I assumed when I was auditioning, not realizing that it’s basically Steven’s mad genius again.”

It’s all looking extremely intriguing, isn’t it?

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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