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New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

Jenna’s Web of (Time) Lies

She might look all sweet and innocent, but new Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is an accomplished liar – at least when it comes to diverting attention away from the truth about her latest top-secret roles.

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

We’re talking, of course, of the intrigue that besets anyone taking a starring role in Doctor Who – basically, everything is a big secret, and this was certainly the case for Jenna, who found herself lying to her friends for the best part of half a year after being cast as Clara.

“My friends knew I was auditioning but didn’t know what it was for. I thought I was going to have to keep it secret for about five months, so I had to tell them I didn’t get the part.

“I spun this web of lies and it got very extravagant. When I finally told my friends, some were initially a bit put out about the lies. But they were all really pleased for me.”

It would seem that she’s got a bit of previous when it comes to deceit, however, if her mum’s reaction was anything to go by…

“I think mum thought I was winding her up.”

We imagine Jenna-Louise’s mum has got the point by now, however. The real question, of course, is why so much secrecy…?



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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