Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds
Jenna Consciously Decided Not to Watch Doctor Who
Making a conscious decision to enter the world of the Doctor with zero expectations Jenna-Louise Coleman has been sharing her thoughts on not being a ‘fangirl’ and maintaining her blissful ignorance of the show.
Jenna recently explained that she never really watched the show before she got the part of Clara Oswald – and she kind of likes it that way:
It was never on when I was growing up… Growing up in the UK, I watched bits and bobs, here and there; it’s a wonderful series, really feeds your imagination.
But Coleman had professional reasons not to become a fangirl.
When I was auditioning [for the role of Clara] I started to watch some, then I consciously decided not to watch any more … I didn’t want to have any prior knowledge [of the Doctor].
With the world about to be introduced to her and Clara, Jenna-Louise is looking to open herself up to the mixed blessing that is the internet. Like her co-star, she doesn’t maintain an online presence and can’t see that changing now:
I don’t really get online very much. I try to stay away…It’s just … that feeling of accessibility, you know? I like to go about my business and go to work and not have too much of a consciousness of what I’m doing. I just don’t think it’s for me, really. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Apparently someone’s pretending to be me on Twitter, and messaging Justin Bieber or somebody!
No, there’s no living life vicariously through the internet now; not when her daily life is the stuff of fantasy:
Every day on the job is kind of mad; from battling Cybermen to being on a submarine to standing on a cloud. Normal life seems incredibly dull once you’ve been shooting Doctor Who.