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New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

“Quickfire Dialogue” Instrumental in Jenna Casting

Jenna-Louise Coleman has been chatting with The Hollywood Reporter about the new series of Doctor Who which starts on BBC America and BBC One this evening (incidentally, is this THE most promoted run of the show yet?)

If you can’t see the video above, the key parts can be found below…

The actress discusses her character, Clara Oswald, and the drawn out process of her introduction, which commenced in Asylum of the Daleks.

“There’s always this same essence, this spirit, throughout. We will get payoff. It’s a story to be eked out and teased throughout the arc of the season, in true Steven Moffat style”

On the matter of keeping things a secret, it seems that code names were used. The lengths needed to avoid detection by Doctor Who fans!

“I kind of felt like a spy, having code names and secret phone calls with your agent. It’s strange having a secret, but I only had to keep it for six weeks, thank goodness.”

Steven Moffat’s era of Doctor Who has been complemented and derided (by different groups of fans and viewers) for its quick-fire dialogue, something that was apparently instrumental in Coleman being cast as Clara.

“I suppose because you’re always running towards something or away from something, the quickfire dialogue is a big part of the show.”

If you’ve already seen the trailers, you’ll have had a taste of quite how that works. If not, Doctor Who is back this evening with The Bells of Saint John at 6.15pm on BBC One and 8 ET on BBC America.

But you knew that already, right?



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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