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Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat Rewrote Series Plans For Jenna

So impressed was Steven Moffat with Jenna-Louise Coleman’s audition that he scrapped his original plans for the Doctor’s newest companion.

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Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed that she had originally audition for the role of the Governess, which was to be the character full time, but as the auditions were taking place for Oswin, Steven Moffat pieced the two together:

I think that is the brilliant thing. Bringing in a new character is hard, but Steven has done the best thing and been very clever by creating this mystery.

Asked by Kroq radio in America if she was all the same character, she added:

Oswin was a guest role originally; I was auditioning for the companion that was already written. But the cogs were turning with Steven and he pieced this story together by having me be Oswin.


We kept it a surprise; I was under lock down in the studio. For real fans it was amazing.

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Jenna also spoke of that certain something between Clara and The Doctor – a certain something that the Doctor is totally oblivious to:

There is always a frisson between the Doctor and his companion and a certain amount of flirtation and teasing. It is based on friendship, when you go every week saving each other’s lives; it is based on friendship really.


Also Matt’s Doctor is slightly asexual, any kind of flirtation – he won’t get it. It is a little bit clumsy. He wouldn’t realise he was on a date if he was on one.

Despite the obvious pressure involved with appearing in one of the most popular shows in the world, Jenna has no regrets about taking on the role:

You don’t want to take a job on and a job people have invested in so much unless you feel you are up to the job.


You have first day nerves but as soon as you open a Steven Moffat script, all that goes out the window. You just can’t wait to do it.


It is brilliant and so limitless what you can do on this series so every episode is so different and it is just exciting. The stuff we get to do day-to-day is not like any other job.

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The new series continues on Saturday with the ‘so different’ Rings of Akhaten. Read our series previews here and here.

(Via The Mirror.)


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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.

4 Responses to Moffat Rewrote Series Plans For Jenna

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    So we might have just had Clara as the first historical companion in a long time if Moffat’s incredible brain has not started to take things further and really make the character more mysterious. Interesting…

  2. avatar Paul Blume says:

    STILL hoping against hope that Clara/Oswin/Whatever will turn out to be Romana…a Romana who has forgotten herself, perhaps through the same means that Tennant’s forgot himself at the end of ‘Family of Blood’.

  3. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    In a universe that has forgotten the Doctor Clara is the living embodiment of the Doctor’s ideal companion based on the memories he has of his former associates. The nano technology that threatened the Doctor and co at the Asylum was rewritten by Oswin before she died and embedded within the Doctor and the Ponds. As he travels through time his subconscious orders the nanomachines to rebuild Clara/Oswin in different timezones – distributed by the TARDIS – ready for her to interact with the Doctor and become his companion. She may then become the ultimate store of knowledge about the Doctor if he gets erased from time or something.

    That’s my speculation but I’m sure I’m not alone in this. It’s got to be connected to remembering….and the history of the show somehow……fascinating stuff.

    • avatar Tommygun264 says:

      Your description conjures quite a mental Mugen Pharoah, of theDoctor in his TARDIS twirling through the space & time vortex, in much the same way as depicted in the opening credits of each episode; only now leaving tiny, swirling wakes each time it bounces along the tubular walls of light, with millions of tiny Clara/Oswins springing forth from those wakes in long, curling strands like some sort of 3D, organic fractal painting set in motion. Each strand caught in the TARDIS’ inertia, like an ever-growing bridal train, one or more of them dropping into where and whenever the Doctor’s ship next materializes. Not certain I agree with it, but it’s every bit as valid as any of the other theories I’ve heard from others or come up with myself, and it certainly paints an elegant picture. As for my own theories, I haven’t tried to come up with anything, because I know that whatever I guess, it will be incorrect. Judging from past experience, I only know for certain that when Mr. Moffat’s mystery is resolved, it will be surprising, but at the same ime seem obvious in hindsight; and peppered with enough sentimentality to have the purists calling for Steven’ fead on a stick.

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