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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.”

(Read the rest of the interview at the source)

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…


Nicole • August 28, 2014

How were the first few days filming with Peter Capaldi?
I was really excited, but it’s always the thing of figuring out how it is that they work, and how it is that they like to work. And I also wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make Peter feel like he could try anything – a totally open relationship where he could do anything. Throw some balls up in the air and see what lands.

And that’s a lot of the stuff we talked about, because I wanted him to feel at home as soon as possible, and in ownership of it as soon as possible. I think it’s a very weird show in the sense that Peter joined by literally walking onto the TARDIS and meeting Matt, swapping watches and then the scene carries on and Matt’s gone and now suddenly it’s exactly the same scene and it’s Peter.

So I think Peter didn’t need any advice. He’s brilliant and he was always going to come in and be his own Doctor and make his own mark and change the show, which is exactly what he has done. So I think my part was to just make it as easy as possible for him to do that.

There is a whole new tone with the new Doctor, even if it was mainly the same crew behind the cameras. Did it feel different on set?
The format was very different, especially with the individual scenes. We tried this new thing where the scenes were a lot longer, and let things really play out. So there is a restaurant scene, and I don’t think we’ve ever done a scene in Doctor Who where we’ve sat down having a chat. In Doctor Who you’re always running down corridors and trying to have a conversation whilst on the run or whilst something is in front of you or behind you. So to actually do that was quite new.

I think the show has always been confident like that. But I think it was very much about trying a new pace and a new tone, and that’s what it felt like. Matt’s style was more rocking and rolling a bit more, I think. But this year feels fiercer I think. It’s more of a ferocity about it.

Cult British director Ben Wheatley was at the helm for the the first two episodes. Did he have much to do with that new tone?
I love the sense of dread and the danger he brings to it. Things like when Clara gets locked in the restaurant and the Doctor walks off. And then you’re like who is this guy, and that’s a real shocker and that is something we experiment with throughout the series.

So with this relationship, the Doctor is not an easy man to get on with, he’s not an easy man to be around. And there is doubt, even with this great history they have.

You’ve now been playing Clara for the past two years. Are you feeling more comfortable in the role?
It’s become something else. Because in the first series with Matt, there was always this secret in the middle of them, and the enigma that kinda prevented them from just being the Doctor and his companion. There was always something else going on. More second guessing.

In a way, once that was solved, it was really nice to move on somewhere else, and just explore the friendship, I think, rather than the suspicion.

And now it’s getting to know this Doctor, all over again. It’s weird, it’s kind of the degree of starting again, and it is a very different thing. A lot of people ask me to compare Matt and Peter and you can’t. It’s just different. It’s a different dynamic. It feels like we’re making a new show.

But within that, you’ve got so much history, so they’re deeply bound to one another, but there is just this element of ‘Hello, I’m the Doctor, nice to meet you” and “Hello, I’m Clara, okay, this is really weird because we’re best friends, but let’s get to know each other all over again.”

Peter has it a little easier in that he’s only being compared to eleven other Doctors, but you’re being judged by the standard of dozens of the Doctor’s other companions. Is there any pressure from that?
It’s difficult, isn’t it? When I first got the job, I didn’t go back and look at Karen’s stuff. I just didn’t want to pick up on anything at all, and it seemed to work in the audition. And that was quite good in a way, because I couldn’t be watching the people who got me here and think ‘Oh God, they’re so brilliant’.

Since getting the first series under my belt I’ve gone back and watched them all since Christopher Eccleston, and Billie and Catherine Tate as well. During Day of the Doctor me and Billie would go and get Nandos together, and we had Billie and John Hurt and David, and it was really nice to have them, because normally it’s just you and the Doctor. So it was kind of nice to have an ensemble around, with the three Doctors. I loved doing scenes with those three, I was just in my element.

(read the rest of the interview at the source)

Nicole • July 31, 2014

One of the great things about travel is the people you meet—especially if you’re traveling in a TARDIS. From Timothy Dalton to David Morrissey to Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who has welcomed a raft of guest stars over the years. That tradition is being continued in the new season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. EW asked Who actress Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald on the show, to talk about working with three of the season’s new faces.

According to the official casting announcement, the M:I5 actress will play a “powerful out-of-this world character with a dark secret” named Ms. Delphox who the Doctor and Clara meet on a strange and puzzling planet. “She’s great,” says Coleman. “She’s playing this naughty but nice, really sexy villain who kind of kills you but with a sweet smile.”


It was announced last May that the British singer-songwriter would be appearing in the new season of Doctor Who in an as-yet-unspecified role. “She’s really cool,” says Coleman. “I know her personally as well. I don’t actually know how much I can say about it but it’s a very clever way in which she is brought in and—what can I say?—there’s music!”

Brit comedian Skinner is a huge fan of the show. When his casting was announced earlier this year, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat quipped that he had “been volunteering to be ‘third monster on the left’ as long as I’ve been in this job.”

“He is a huge, huge, huge Doctor Who fan,” says Coleman. “We’d do scenes between me and Peter and then you’d often just see Frank basically soaking it all up and just really really enjoying being on the TARDIS and the whole experience. It was funny to have a proper, proper fan who really does know everything about Doctor Who folklore.”