Published on April 7th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Jenna Coleman Gives Little Away On 12th Doctor Relationship

Step back in time with the Radio Times to January this year, where, to celebrate a ground-breaking 2013 – including a new companion, the 50th anniversary, and a regeneration no less – Jenna Coleman collected not one, but two gongs for the show at the National Television Awards.

Now, hurtle back to the present day, where, gong in hand, Jenna Coleman speaks to the very same magazine about those exciting, tentative first days of Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor – via this exclusive video:

We’ve just taken off like a rocket really so it’s lovely to come over and collect this and take it back to the team.

It was for her former TARDIS companion that Jenna was on hand to collect one of the shows two awards – for Best Drama Performance for the mercurial Matt Smith and for Best Drama respectively.

Asked at the time what the dynamic is like between Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and Clara, Jenna wasn’t giving too much away:

It’s far too early. We pretty much pick up where we left off at Christmas and we carry on the story straight away after the regeneration so we’re dealing with that for the first episode.

With that nascent dynamic developing as filming on Series 8 continues it’ll be interesting to see how Clara develops under the steely gaze of what has promised to an edgier, fiercer Doctor. Not to mention the hang thread of just why the TARDIS has taken a dislike to Clara.


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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.

14 Responses to Jenna Coleman Gives Little Away On 12th Doctor Relationship

  1. avatar John Shandler says:

    Hmm. She scratches her back when saying ‘Peter is doing an amazing job’. Body language giveaway. Could be she misses Matt, maybe she’s just itchy, but could be she is not getting along with the new guy…

    • avatar DonnaM says:

      Maybe she was missing Matt. Maybe she was nervous being quizzed, or wasn’t entirely sure how things were going to go; this was at a very early stage I seem to recall. I must say seeing the photos of Jenna and Peter around set in recent weeks I’d not say there’s any evidence of them not “getting along”.

      Between takes they seem to be rubbing along just fine!

    • avatar simon magellan says:

      Er, is scratching your back body language for “not getting along?”

      Must say, never seen that in an episode of “The Mentalist” – “Lisbon, she’s scratching her back when she talks – clearly she doesn’t get along with him really!!”

      As Donna says – the set photos from recent weeks would certainly suggest otherwise.

      Are you just trying to stir up things for the sake of a reaction?

      • avatar John Shandler says:

        Not trying to stir at all. Trained to look out for body language in my job and that is a movement I would notice straight away. The photos have shown them getting along and as I said, she could just be innocently itching!

        • avatar Maria says:

          Nerves? Also she may have gotten that habit from Matt. he unconsciously scratches his hair a lot. LOL She misses him. :)

  2. avatar dr jon says:

    She may just had an itch to scratch? I wouldn’t worry about it.

  3. avatar Rick714 says:

    She’s probably nervous because fans are not only turning on her character but over-analyzing her body language.

    And Good God, she’s still hot as hell. :) I hope they deliver some good scripts for season 8…..

  4. avatar Jen says:

    What’s this about the Tardis not liking Clara? I thought that stopped being an issue mid the second half of series 8.

  5. avatar Jen says:

    *series 7 on that last comment, sorry.

  6. avatar John Nelson says:

    She’s super shy. She doesn’t deal with publicity nor one on one talk like Matt and Karen who are outgoing and extroverted. Also the BBC/Moffat have these strict requirements about what they can/can’t say to the press. She’s feeling that pressure with all those questions.

  7. avatar R.J. says:

    Moving from foot to foot, fiddling with the award, breaking eye contact, scratching – she’s shy, bless her. She seems to be a bit out of her comfort zone in such a situation – if she was being interviewed along with a colleague she’d probably seem more at ease.

  8. avatar Amy says:

    What is it with the mentioning of the Tardis? The Tardis doesn’t hate Clara. That stopped being an issue a long time ago, but definitely after the Name of the doctor.
    In the Day of the Doctor, which is the episode that followed the Tardis opened the doors without Clara even having to touch it and she was able to close the doors with just a click of her fingers.
    In the Name of the Doctor the Tardis extended her protection field outside her doors to protect Clara.
    If anything The Tardis and Clara’s relationship is a lot closer than that of any other companion.

    • avatar R.J. says:

      The Tardis works in mysterious ways. She is sentient but we don’t know how she perceives time or the Doctor’s timeline. Maybe she ‘felt’ that there was a connection between Clara and Trenzalore, but didn’t know what it was, so she mistrusted Clara at first, panicked a bit, if you like. After the events of The Name of the Doctor, after the Impossible Girl mystery was resolved and it was revealed how important this human female is to the Doctor’s life, the Tardis accepted Clara as someone who would always only ever want to help the Doctor, to the point of sacrificing herself. The Tardis shows her appreciation in anyway she can, such as opening the doors at a click of the fingers! Not everyone is good enough for her thief!

    • avatar DonnaM says:

      Steven Moffat apparently raised the issue in his Production Notes column in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine. I’d assumed the whole subject was a dead letter, but maybe it’s not to the boss-man!

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