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

Clara “Similar to Oswin”

Jenna-Louise Coleman chats in the new Christmas Radio Times in which she describes both her character Clara and the experience of joining Doctor Who.

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

Most interesting is that Jenna-Louise observes similarities between Clara and Oswin, the doomed character she played in Asylum of the Daleks.

Jenna-Louise on Clara

She’s a mysterious but down-to-earth girl from the Victorian era, with similar traits to Oswin in that she’s feisty, resourceful and up for adventure. She’s not intimidated by the Doctor and finds him amazing and ridiculous in equal measures. She meets this guy and is incredibly interested in him and wants to know more: he has answers that she wants. She’s on the chase for him, on her own mission.

Jenna-Louise on joining Doctor Who

Elsewhere in the Radio Times, Jenna summarizes the mad world of recording Doctor Who and the effect joining the show can have.

Every day has been surprising. You walk into the studio every few weeks and whole new sets have been built. You open the Tardis doors and you’re suddenly in a different era. It’s very technical but also fun and adventurous, and it’s OK to run down a corridor shouting and being as silly and ridiculous as you like. It makes me feel like a big kid. It’s like magic.

The Christmas 2012 double issue Radio Times (for the period from December 22nd to January 4th) is out now from all good newsagents and supermarkets. You can find out more at

Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman chat in the 2012 Christmas Radio Times.

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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