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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.

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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.”

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Nicole • November 25, 2014

To mark the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray Box Set, Digital Spy sat down with Jenna Coleman to reflect on her time with the series, Clara’s journey this year and achieving global stardom.

Let’s go back to when you heard Matt Smith was leaving – were you nervous about having to work so closely with someone new?
“No, not really, I wasn’t, ‘cos when I found out it was Peter [Capaldi], I was still filming with Matt, so I was very involved there and we were having a great time and kind of doing our goodbyes.

“But then me and Peter went out for lunch… I didn’t tell Matt that, actually! It was like two-timing – and we both ordered omelettes and chips and from then on I knew it was going to be great!

“He’s so easy to talk to, instantly, and actually, from the first day on set, one thing I really noticed was he just totally had my back from day one. Even though it was his first day, he really looks after the people around him.

“It’s great ‘cos we’re mates, and it’s funny because we’re such different ages, but we’re just totally really good buddies. It’s lovely.”

Clara went through a lot in the series – do you feel she’s changed since we first met her?
“It’s interesting. I think the first series she was an enigma and she was removed from the audience and she was this mystery, so in a way she was kind of fulfilling the role of companion but yet we didn’t really know her as a person and that was kind of the purpose of the story.

“Not only is the show very different now, but the dynamic obviously was totally up for grabs as well – the show has been reinvented and the dynamic is new, so we can get to know Clara as a person more because the [original] story’s now out of the way.”

Do you feel like there was more of you in her this series? There were references to Blackpool and a little bit more of your accent coming through…
“That’s Mark Gatiss! He’s Northern and it’s funny whenever I read his scripts… you just see the Northernisms coming through, especially in the Robin Hood episode.

“But I don’t know how similar she is to me. Not as much of the control-freakiness. That’s not me! I’m totally chilled.”

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Nicole • November 06, 2014

Jenna is featured in the December issue of InStyle UK. I will add the digital scans once I get my hands on the issue, in the meantime you can read her interview here. Also be sure to check the video below!

Dr Who is such a massive show. Have you ever had any weird super-fan encounters?
“Peter [Capaldi] and I went to promote it in South Korea and when we landed at the airport I was really shocked by how many people there were waiting for us, dressed up, singing and waving banners. When you’re filming in this bubble in Cardiff it’s so easy to forget how many people love it!”

What do you think is the biggest difference in your relationship with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s versions of the Doctor?
“I think it’s that Peter’s Doctor doesn’t even register the fact that Clara’s a girl, whereas with Matt’s Doctor it was more of a flirtatious relationship.”

You’re only 5’2”. How do you negociate the height difference with Peter on screen?
“I often have to stand on an apple box when we’re filming. It’s called ‘Jenna’s Box’ and it gets brought out when I need to fit into a particular shot – like the Yellow Pages!”

Do you get excited when guest stars come on set?
“You know what I’m really impressed with. On Dr Who at the moment we’ve got this little girl who is the voice of Peppa Pig, which I think is hilarious. I keep getting her to do little voice bits to send to people. Of all the guests we’ve had in she’s the one I’m most struck by. Also the great thing about being on Dr Who is you get people coming in who normally play a certain type of role and they totally can break out of that.”

Are you in touch with any previous Dr Who assistants?
“I see Billie Piper around and Karen Gillan was over – she actually lives in LA now – last summer. The main Karen told me is to just enjoy it, it goes so quickly so make it your own and have fun.”

Why do you think so many people love the show?
“I think it’s the adventure of it, the way it captures your imagination. The idea that an alien can land on your doorstep and say ‘where do you want to go? You can go anywhere in time and space.’ Nobody’s going to go ‘I’m better off here, thanks.’ I think it’s also unique because your grandma can watch it and your kids can watch it.”

Where would you go if you could leap into the Tardis right now?
“I’ve just read Patti Smith’s book Just Kids. It’s SO good! It makes me want to be in the Chelsea Hotel in New York back when Jimi Hendrix was chilling out there. That would be a pretty cool place to spend a day earwigging and peeping around.”

What can you tell us about the Dr Who Christmas special?
“It’s written in sections and it’s about dreaming – what is real and what is not. Also Father Christmas is there – played by Nick Frost!”
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Nicole • September 22, 2014

Despite speculation that companion Clara Oswald‘s Tardis tenure could come to an end before Christmas, the BBC has now confirmed that she will be involved.

When Peter Capaldi was asked last month about the rumours that Jenna Coleman is set to leave Doctor Who at Christmas, his enigmatic response prompted suggestions that her departure could come even sooner.

“Well I’m not looking for a new assistant,” said Capaldi, before adding “I don’t know where these rumours have started. I’ve read that she may be leaving at Christmas but I don’t even know if she’ll get to Christmas…”

Well despite the Doctor’s apparent confusion, we now know that Coleman will be involved in the festive special – the third of her tenure – although whether companion Clara Oswald will survive into the New Year remains to be seen…

Confirmation came today from the BBC, along with some other intriguing casting news. Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost will guest star, along with Faye Marsay – currently to be seen in E4 drama Glue – former Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede and Michael Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick.

It’s hard not to speculate on whether that last name could mean a two Doctor’s episode, with Michael playing his dad’s former role, but it won’t be the first time a junior Troughton has turned up in Doctor Who. Michael’s brother David appeared opposite David Tennant in 2009 episode Midnight – but as a Professor, rather than a Doctor…

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