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Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara in Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Introducing Clara

When we last saw the Doctor he was bowed, angry and ready to turn his back on the universe. Now with Christmas approaching and our hero in exile what kind of person could shake him out of his funk?

Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara in Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Perhaps someone he’s “met” before?

Jenna-Louise Coleman has been sharing a little about the strange tale of Clara, the Doctor and an army of vicious snowmen; and with it being the season of goodwill, how this remarkable girl brought some Christmas joy back into the Doctor’s life.

But first, there’s the introductions to get out of the way:

She is from the Victorian era and a mysterious one. Very down to earth, but feisty and curious too with numerous jobs.

It’s during her tenure as a barmaid at the Rose and Crown pub that she first meets the intriguing Doctor; who at first appears disinterested. But with pressing questions that need answers Clara begins to spy on this mysterious stranger:

She isn’t intimidated by the Doctor. Instead, she finds him amazing and ridiculous. But she is on her own mission and lives by her own means. She is very resourceful.

You see, as well as being a barmaid Clara is also a Governess to two children in the ominously named Darkover House, where something sinister is lurking in their garden and whose last governess hasn’t yet left the premises.

For Jenna-Louise Coleman; the experience of joining a long and prestigious line of companions has been both exciting and more than a little intimidating:

Every day is really surprising. For the last two years, I have mainly been doing period dramas, so to be thrown into this world with loads of CGI is very different. Whole new sets are built in the space of a couple of weeks. For this episode, we had snow machines and it does make you feel like a big kid.

And there’s no greater treat for big kids than Christmas Day; so will our new companion be watching on the day itself?

I love Christmas and will probably be sitting down with the family to watch this adventure on Christmas day! It is one of the shows that can do Christmas properly and this is a proper Christmas treat.”

The Snowmen airs Christmas Day at 5.15pm on BBC One, at 9/8c on BBC America and at 9E/6P on Space in Canada.



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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.


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