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Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman prepare to shoot scenes in Doctor Who

Jenna-Louise: Clara plot is “mystifying, exciting”

Aren’t you glad to know that Jenna-Louise Coleman isn’t the only one to find the as yet to be revealed back story of Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald both ‘mystifying’ and ‘exciting’?

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman prepare to shoot scenes in Doctor Who

Speaking to the Metro, the former Emmerdale star said that getting to grips with her multiple roles/variation on one character has been something of a challenge:

“It’s a hard backstory to get your head around,”

You’re not kidding! My seventy-three page, handy cut out and keep, pop up guide is so convoluted and garbled I’ve had to produce a guide to the guide…!

“My approach was to play all three as individual people and trust that there would be a payoff. It was mystifying but exciting to get the chance to play such a complex part. You never know where it’s going to lead.”

She also went on to say that the energy needed for the role is ‘ridiculous’.

“The difficulty is you’re consistently running. This isn’t like any other show – I’ve never sat down and had a conversation in any episode.


You’re talking and moving all the time. The energy you need is ridiculous. I think it’s all about finding the tune – at first all I could see were all the individual notes.”

Sounds like she’s blowing her own trumpet… (see what I did there! Hilarious…I’ll go now… (probably for the best – Ed).)

Jenna-Louise Coleman stars as Clara in Doctor Who which returns tonight on BBC One at 6.15pm and BBC America at 8 ET.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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