It is really quite interesting, the predicament that the incumbent companion finds themselves in when facing a newly regenerated Doctor. Indeed, the range of experiences can go from a Ted Nugent style ‘Stranglehold’ (a la Colin Baker’s Doctor and Peri) to a severe case of grief for the former and mistrust of the new Doctor (here’s looking at you, Rose Tyler).
With just under two weeks to go until Deep Breath hits our television sets, the question on our minds has to be what exactly can we expect Clara Oswald to face with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor? Fortunately for us, dear readers, the question is popular enough that the BBC has taken time to catch up with Jenna Coleman and give us some juicy insight into Capaldi’s inaugural series and what effect the new Doctor will have on Clara!
Regarding the effect the new Doctor has on Clara:
“It unbalances her and throws everything up in the air. She has gone from feeling safe – in moments of danger the Doctor would catch her – and thinking she had it all sussed, then suddenly this new guy has come along who she can’t quite access in the same way…her best friend is a changed person, and it is very difficult for her to accept that and move forward.”
On her relationship with the Doctor:
“What I think is really good about it is it’s an unlikely friendship. Even if she wanted to leave, she can’t, because she’s bonded to him. He absolutely infuriates her. He annoys her. No one else can wind her up quite like it – but she just loves him. The friendship is strange and charming.”
She also spills some details on how her travels affect her life back on Earth and what the mysterious Danny Pink has to do with Clara:
“She’s trying to keep a lid on it, and she arrives back at school soaking wet with seaweed on her shoulder for example, and she has to explain that. It’s a theme throughout the series, lying and why we lie, lying to protect someone you love. It’s this web of lies that she gets herself tangled in. She meets a man called Danny Pink – a teacher – who’s charming and lovely. He’s that perfect boyfriend really and is very supportive, but he doesn’t know anything about this double life she lives. She tries to hide it from him whilst at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more. Basically she’s trying to manage the two, and have these two men in her life. It becomes quite a hurtful thing and quite a hard thing for her because she’s totally torn between the two, and trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully.”
For those who have unjustly said that Clara has never been fully developed as a character and only used as a plot device, it sounds like you’ll be getting the meat and potatoes of character development you’ve been wanting and perceive to be lacking in Clara as a companion. Also, Danny Pink…the smart bet is that he’s probably more than he seems. Whether that manifests as a villainous arc (some rumours surrounding his casting suggested he might be the Master in disguise, though Moffat has been publicly denying the Master’s return as of late) or as the catalyst for seeing the departure of Clara as a companion (as Coleman’s emergence on Twitter could indicate), it is yet to be seen.
The rest of the interview can be found at the link below. Deep Breath premieres on Saturday 23rd August 2014 at 7:50. What do you think about the arc the relationship between Clara and the Doctor appears to be taking? Are you buying the apparent “boyfriend” role that Samuel Anderson’s Danny Pink is supposedly playing? Let us know in the comments section!
**Writer’s note: for those of you who may not be classic rock fans, the Nugent reference is to the 1975 track, Stranglehold. It’s a pretty solid tune. Carry on!