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.