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Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Rebecca Crockett

Jenna Coleman’s Emotional Reaction to Matt Smith’s Last Episode

Endings and goodbyes are hard. The Doctor doesn’t like goodbyes. So it’s no surprise that when it came to reading the script for her last episode with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, Jenna Coleman had a hard time getting through it.

Coleman recently had a chat with The Guardian and revealed just how hard and emotional her first reading of that script was.

I’d been putting it off for ages and ages, because once you read the last page, that’s it, the story is over. So I read 10 pages on the tube and I stopped, and then I picked it up again the other day and finished it. I was an absolute mess, an absolute wreck. But it’s good; it’s sad, but it’s what needs to happen. It’s perfect.

Coleman’s Clara has had a relatively short time with Smith’s Eleventh Doctor but the actress says she is pleased with the casting of Peter Capaldi.

They told me and Matt when Prince Charles and Camilla came to the set. We were both: ‘Ahhh, of course.’ It takes you a few moments – I don’t think he was on any of the original lists. People were talking about Rory Kinnear and people like that, but as soon as you say it, you’re like: ‘Of course.’ As Steven Moffat said: ‘He’s the Doctor.’ And it’s brilliant that we’ve gone so different from Matt.

Both Coleman and Smith can next be seen in Doctor Who’s historic 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, to be simulcast worldwide on 23rd November. The simulcast also includes some special 3D showings – see your local cinema listings for more details.

(via RadioTimes)


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Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

4 Responses to Jenna Coleman’s Emotional Reaction to Matt Smith’s Last Episode

  1. “Pain and loss define us as much as hapiness and love..”
    Good bye Matt, you’ll be remebered.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    After watching someone new come in and take the central character of the Doctor in a new direction, the next most interesting thing is to see a companion who has traveled with one Doctor deal with what is in essence a complete stranger coming in and saying “I’m the Doctor”. Its fun to watch how the dynamic between the Doctor and companion changes and develops.

  3. avatar stlshawn says:

    Great article. Easy and quick to read but filled with a lot of info.

    Anyway, I find myself looking past the 50th now, and itching to see Capaldi as the Dr. Something about seeing a doc that you know will be leaving soon,,,, it’s a bit of sadness and you want to say “dang it, just get it over with!”

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      I felt the same in 2009 when the dragged out Tennant’s departure over three specials in an entire year. I just wanted to move on and get to know the new guy.

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