Chemistry: it’s a matter of mixing the right elements together, letting them slowly simmer and then, settling back and letting the sparks fly.
It takes the right people to concoct the perfect reaction; take Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn – real life lovers who turned their complimentary personalities into pure cinema with several livewire performances in the likes of Adam’s Rib, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Pat and Mike.
So when Jenna-Louise Coleman told SFX that Clara and the Doctor’s role models were the Oscar-winning pair, then you know you’re going to get something special.
It was Matt Smith who made the comparison when the pair were first hammering out their dynamic together:
When I started on Doctor Who, Matt said to me, ‘Watch Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy films!’ – We were talking about our dynamic and trying to figure it out, realising we were a double act.
It’s trying to find each other’s rhythm… so watching things like Spencer Tracy films really fed into that.
But it wasn’t just verbal sparring; there was Matt’s exuberant physicality to contend with:
Matt always said it’s about physically finding our rhythm… In a way the whole thing is like a dance, and the moment we started dancing together and finding that rhythm is when it worked.
Call it pretentious musing but Hepburn and Tracy’s onscreen legacy is a difficult act to emulate.
Not every performer has the same level of confidence in their partner to bury some bittersweet barbs within the witty back and forth; the lifeblood of any good partnership is a willingness to test the boundaries of what makes them work so well together.
Perhaps Clara will just be too ‘impossible’ for the Doctor to handle?
Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC America on Saturday, March 30 with The Bells of St John. But you knew that, right?!
(via Digital Spy.)