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Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Diggle: BBC “unbelievably tight-lipped” on Clara

IDW Doctor Who strip writer Andy Diggle (formerly of 2000AD) has chatted with SFX spin-off magazine Comic Heroes, and of course the topic turned to everybody’s favourite Time Lord.

Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

He’s currently busy working on a new Superman title for DC comics (among other things; this is the crux of the interview) but Diggle’s workload means that he is also writing issues #5 and #6 of IDW’s Doctor Who this year as well as teaming up with Eddie Robson for #9.

What is interesting – bearing in mind that we’ve heard how Doctor Who Magazine‘s strip won’t feature Clara – is how much Diggle and Robson don’t know about the character.

We’ll introduce new companion Clara in the four-parter, but I’m in the dark as much as everyone else is as to who she is and where she comes from, as the BBC are being unbelievably tight-lipped. I can improvise, of course, but it’s providing to be a bit of a challenge.

Interesting stuff, isn’t it? Doctor Who Magazine have avoided Clara in favour of Ian and Barbara, while IDW’s seem stumped with what they can do with her.

What do you think Clara’s secret is?

The new Comic Heroes (issue 17) is out now.



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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