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2017 — Season 2
Jenna as Queen Victoria
Jenna Coleman is going to be all over our TV screens this Christmas. The Doctor Who star has landed a new role on the BBC which couldn’t be more different from her character as the Doctor’s sidekick.
The 27 year old is set to appear in new three-part drama, ‘Death Comes To Pemberley,’ which airs on Boxing Day.
Jenna told Digital Spy: “It’s been lovely…It’s been very liberating. It’s nice to be able to [explore] a completely different period [and] a lovely role.”
‘Death Comes To Pemberley’ is a series set six years after Jane Austen’s ‘Pride And Prejudice,’ it is based on the novel by PD James. Jenna looked gorgeous on set as they filmed the new period drama in York.
Coleman went on to say: “[Austen’s book is] very rich and when something is as rich as that, you can do lots of adaptations and they can be completely different.”
The star recently won a TV Times Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2013. It’s definitely turning out to be Jenna’s year! She joked to Digital Spy: “I’m going to be annoying a lot of people come Christmas…But my grandma will be very happy!”
But don’t worry Doctor Who fans, Jenna will still be starring in the Christmas special and new series of Doctor Who alongside the newest Time Lord, Peter Capaldi.
With Matt Smith’s exit upon us, Jenna Louise Coleman has revealed that the next series of doctor Who will be “different”.
Speaking to Digital Spy, the actress who made her official début on the show earlier this year, said: “It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all.”
Jenna who plays character, Clara Oswald on the sci-fi series also told Digital Spy: “Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in.”
In the interviews below, its writer – Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat – and its stars, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Orla Brady share their thoughts about the story, filming the special and saying farewell to the Eleventh Doctor…
Question: How did you find the read-through? Was it emotional?
Jenna Coleman: It was a very emotional read-through. Just going through the process of saying goodbye was difficult. The script itself is very emotional, but also joyous. But saying those words and saying goodbye was never going to be easy.
Q: Is there a sense from the start of the episode that we’re moving towards a regeneration?
JC: It’s very much an adventure, but it goes off on a different track. People watching will know that it’s Matt’s last episode, but it doesn’t loom over from the start.
Q: We were introduced to Clara as the impossible girl last year. Are we going to find out more about her family background?
JC: Absolutely. I think there had to be a sense of mystery last year to make the plot work. What’s really interesting is that it does feel like we’re starting again and we get to see her home life as well as her life with the Doctor.
Q: From a few pictures that have been released there are some of you cooking Christmas dinner. Have you ever done that in real life?
JC: My mum does the Christmas cooking. It couldn’t be any other way.
Q: Are you looking forward to filming next year with Peter?
JC: It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in. I think when I came in I think there was just a week off in production where Arthur and Karen left, so that would have been a strange shift. This episode is very much about Matt and the Eleventh Doctor and Clara and the Eleventh Doctor and their last adventure together. I have no idea where we’re going to next series!
Q: Where will you be watching the special this year? Will you be at home?
JC: Yeah I think so. Last year the whole family got a cottage together where mum still did the Christmas cooking. We’ll definitely all be together.
Q: What was your reaction when you heard the next Doctor was Peter Capaldi?
JC: It was kind of that moment ‘of course, makes sense’. It’s funny as I don’t think he was one of the names that was originally being speculated about and it wasn’t until the week before that his name came up. He’s going to be so different to Matt and take the show in an interesting direction.
Q: When were you told?
JC: Matt and I were told together during the Royal visit to Roath Lock studios. We could tell something was going on and we managed to pin the producers down and get it out of them!
Q: How hard was it to keep the secret?
JC: I think I’ve learnt my lesson in that the best thing to do is not to tell anybody and then you don’t have your own paranoia that you’ve let something out.
Q: What will you miss about working with Matt?
JC: Everything! When you’re reading a scene with him he can turn anything on its head. He’s so inventive, clever and very funny. There’s just so much that I’ll miss about him.
The award was presented by to Steven ahead of his first panel appearance today (November 24th) at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCeL. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.
On receiving the award, Steven Moffat says: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, who presented the award, added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”
In addition to the TV broadcast, over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia, will show the episode in spectacular 3D with over half a million tickets sold.
In the run up to the 50th Anniversary, fans of the show across the world have been out in full force to be part of a global event. In Sweden and Norway where the programme has no client broadcaster, fans successfully petitioned to get their local cinemas to screen the episode. Similarly, fans in Argentina pushed a major cinema chain into showing the special simultaneously. In the US, an initial 10,000 cinema tickets sold out in 28 minutes without any marketing or advertising and in Germany, Cinemaxx, one of the largest cinema chains reported that the special had been the fastest non-movie pre-sale in their history.
Thanks to Sandi for her help with the photos!
Jenna-Louise Coleman wishes she could have done her own stunts for the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary.
The brunette beauty – who plays the Timelord’s companion Clara – envies her co-star Matt Smith as he was able to do more of the physical work in filming as time constraints meant body doubles had to be drafted in for most of the spectacular stunts in ‘The Day of the Doctor’.
Discussing a scene where Matt hangs over Trafalgar Square in London, she told SFX magazine: “I did a bit of it – we filmed in the first half of it and we actually got swung on the crane from side to side, and I was fully harnessed and belted in. Apparently it was a time issue with us all doing our own stunts. But I wanted to – when else are you going to do that in Trafalgar Square?”
The episode sees past stars David Tenant and Billie Piper – a former Timelord and companion Rose Tyler – return to the BBC One show, and Jenna admits she enjoyed working with them as it meant she and Matt got to spend longer with them than they usually do with co-stars.
She said: “I like having the big ensembles because often it’s me and Matt and people come and go away every two weeks, so it was nice to have people around for a longer period of time.”
Billie filmed her last ‘Doctor Who’ scenes in 2007, though she made a brief return two years later, and Jenna-Louise thinks it was probably “strange” for her to come back at first.
She said: “I think it must be very strange for her to come back to Cardiff [where the show is set] after so long but to be honest, David had spoken to her and he said something like, ‘She’s verging on giddy’, so I think she’s pretty excited to be back.”
San Diego’s Comic-Con festival, held each July, is the densest concentration of nerds in our galaxy. For the duration, grown men and women walking around in superhero costumes is the norm, not the exception. Earlier this year, Jenna Coleman – the 27-year-old actor formerly known as Jenna-Louise Coleman (only her mum still calls her Jenna-Louise apparently) – went to her first Comic-Con. There were 130,000-plus attendees; tickets had sold out in 93 minutes. Along with Matt Smith, her co-star in Doctor Who, she spent four days being spirited through hotel kitchens, out of back doors and into cars with forbiddingly opaque windows.
Not that Coleman and Smith remained incognito for long. “Nice costumes!” they screamed out of the car window at one middle-aged couple dressed as the Doctor and Clara, their characters from the series. The man didn’t recognise them, but “Clara” did, and appeared to start convulsing on the pavement. “The most embarrassing thing is that the traffic is so bad that you don’t go anywhere,” says Coleman. “So all you can do is sit there and put the window up.”
Comic-Con was Coleman’s first proper exposure to the fanaticism of the Whovians. She had never watched Doctor Who before she became the new “companion”, but the responses to her performances have been effusive, bordering on obsessive. Doctor Who blogs – of which there are legion – praise her as quick-witted and independent yet vulnerable, and are particularly taken with the flirtatious relationship she has with Smith’s Doctor – a spark that was absent with his previous companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan. Or, as Matt Smith himself put it: “Clara’s different from Amy. He has more chance of snogging Clara.”
While Coleman knew Doctor Who inspired extreme passions, it had not really hit home until Comic-Con. “I was always asked how I had found the fans, but I’d just been filming in Cardiff,” she says. “At Comic-Con it was amazing to see how far-reaching it is. I thought I’d be overwhelmed, but I was humbled. It’s something that Matt says: the star is the show.”
Thanks to Mariana, I’ve been able to add scans from the Observer Magazine in our gallery!