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Nicole • May 04, 2015

THE OBSERVER – For the record, Jenna Coleman has not left – and is not leaving – Doctor Who. Well, not just yet. “My contract came up last year and I decided that because I’d only done one series with Peter [Capaldi], I wanted a bit more time to explore that relationship. Also, he’s the Gandalf of Doctor Who! He seems to have that mythical thing about him, and we’re great buddies behind the scenes.” Talking about where her character, Clara, might go next is virtually impossible, she says. “You pick up a script and get a sniff of where things are going, but any speculation Peter and I have, the story never goes in that direction.” Favourite current show: Inside No 9I love that kind of dark satire. Reality TV show you’d appear on: I’ve been asked to do a couple, but turned them down – much to my grandmother’s disappointment. Fantasy TV job Ruth Wilson’s Jane Eyre or Zoe Kazan’s role in Olive Kitteridge. I seem to like really volatile parts. (source)

Nicole • March 05, 2015

RADIO TIMES – Will she stay or will she go? That was the question that raged around Jenna Coleman last year, as fans and press alike speculated over whether she would leave her role as Clara in Doctor Who. Tabloid rumour originally had her leaving the show in last year’s Christmas special Last Christmas, before eventually flip-flopping to the right answer that she would be staying on for series 9. According to Steven Moffat himself, though, the truth is that Clara was originally going to be written out at the end of series 8 finale Death in Heaven.

“That was her last episode,” he tells Doctor Who Magazine. “And then she asked me if she could be in Christmas? So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind.”

“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. I didn’t really want Death in Heaven to be her last episode. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. For Christmas Day it’s a bit nicer. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”

Coleman’s decision to stay on for the entirety of series 9 sets to make her the longest serving companion of the modern era. Explaining why she stayed at a post-screening Q&A last year, she said, “I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved, there’s so much more to do and I think [Clara and the Doctor] have finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.” (source)

Nicole • December 26, 2014

Jenna Coleman has revealed that she is to continue playing the part of Doctor Who‘s assistant Clara Oswald for another series of the show.

There had been uncertainty about the future of the former Emmerdale actress, who joined the show in 2012.

She has starred alongside two Doctors – first Matt Smith and now Peter Capaldi.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved.”

She added: “There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other. The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”

Capaldi said: “I’m thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”

Fans of the show had to wait until the end of the Christmas Day special edition to find out whether Coleman’s character would be staying.

(source)

Nicole • November 25, 2014

BBC Press Release for the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special:

‘In Doctor Who, the Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!’

Will this really be the Last Christmas for the Doctor and Clara? And what exactly are these terrifying creatures? It’s not the first time the Doctor has visited the Arctic of course. It’s previously been home to an Ice Warrior in Cold War – and the Cybermen! Perhaps there are clues to be found if you watch the teaser for the Christmas episode. You can also catch this exclusive clip for Children in Need.

As Danny Cohen, Director of Television, says: “This year’s Christmas line-up on BBC Television is one of our best ever. There’s world-class talent, edge of your seat drama, outstanding comedy and fantastic storytelling. Across our channels we will bring families together and provide something for everyone.”

The episode will star Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Nick Frost, Michael Troughton and Nathan McMullen – along with a host of guest stars. You can read more about the BBC’s Christmas Schedule on the Media Centre website.

(source)

Nicole • November 25, 2014

“My favourite Doctors are Tennant and Baker,” Coleman told RadioTimes.com.

“I worked with them both, too! [in 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor] Well, I never got to work with Tom Baker, but I was on set with him. Me and Steven [Moffat, the series head writer] came in to watch his scenes.”

However, the actress wouldn’t be drawn on which of the two most recent Doctors – Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi – she’d preferred travelling with.

“You can’t ask that!” she said. “That’s like saying who do you like better, your mum or dad? They are both very dear to me.”

“Very diplomatic,” she added.

Joining the series in 2012 with Matt Smith’s Doctor, Coleman’s Clara Oswald continued to travel with the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor after last year’s Christmas special. And while she won’t pick a favourite, Coleman did admit that the two incarnations of the Time Lord had their distinctions.

“The energy that you’re working with between the two is very different,” she said.

“Matt’s Doctor will come out to the room, and he’s like a tornado that goes round, whereas Peter’s Doctor is much more contained and enigmatic. He kind of draws the room into him.”

She added: “The things that they have in common are, they are both very inventive, they are both really generous, and really brave.”

So does Clara herself have a favourite between the whirlwind Eleventh Doctor and the more subdued Twelfth? As ever, Coleman remained cagey.

“I think to Clara they’re the same man. He is the Doctor, and it’s a lot of what this series has been about, her accepting that. I don’t think there’s a preference to her.”

(source)