Doctor Who News Clara in the TARDIS

Published on April 12th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Clara & the TARDIS: “a bit of a face-off” Says Jenna

Have you spent the past week wondering why the TARDIS refused to let Clara as she hid with Merry in The Rings of Akhaten? It seems that the latest Doctor Who companion might not be hitting it off with The Doctor’s Wife, if Jenna-Louise Coleman is to be believed…

Clara in the TARDIS

You get to pilot that TARDIS in one episode. What does driving it entail?

Speaking to TV Guide recently, the Clara Oswald actress revealed that there’s a bit of friction between the new companion and the TARDIS.

But you know, the TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new.

I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.

We’ve had companions who try to kill the Doctor, companions who want to sleep with the Doctor, but never one who has a bad relationship with the TARDIS! This should be interesting…


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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+.

10 Responses to Clara & the TARDIS: “a bit of a face-off” Says Jenna

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    Perhaps Clara is a TARDIS

  2. avatar James McLean says:

    Aside from Captain Jack, his relationship was, shall we say, turbulent.

  3. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    I think the Doctor is smitten with Clara on an all new level, going beyond that of solving the mystery that is her. Maybe on a whole new level beyond that of Sarah Jane or Rose, even. Meaning that in this particular instance, perhaps the Tardis might simply be jealous! Having seen her manifest as a female last series, the Moff may be taken advantage of that visual.

  4. avatar gavinio says:

    Here was me thinking it was simply because she needed a key to unlock the door like every one else who’s ever tried getting into the TARDIS in the past…

  5. avatar Al says:

    I’m glad to see they haven’t forgotten that the TARDIS is sentient. After The Doctor’s Wife, they could never go back to her being just a clever box.

  6. avatar Aziraphale says:

    If the TARDIS isn’t jealous for herself, maybe she’s concerned for River Song’s sake.

    • avatar mec says:

      River didn’t exactly say yes to The Doctor’s invitation in Angels Take Manhattan. She left him til she shows up again at her own accord so why should the TARDIS be concerned for her sake?

  7. avatar Wynona says:

    Clara may be some incarnation of a Dalek.

    • avatar Koro Wheke says:

      look up the The Dalek Factor, I beleive Clara may be a Dalek-Galifreyan hybrid

  8. avatar Shawn Oehlke says:

    I am fairly certain that Clara is the Tardis

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