Mayara • June 01, 2012

Those in the know on the world of Doctor Who have named the character played by Jenna-Louise Coleman…as Clara.

The BBC has not made an official announcement, but several fans who’ve been snooping around Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot in Wales – where filming is currently taking place – are sure they’ve overheard JLC being addressed as Clara in scenes.

Twitter was set alight last night when Ryan Farrell (one of the aforementioned fans) took a break from tweeting pics from the set to drop this bombshell:

“Jenna Louise is CLARA”

Similar claims have filtered through the Doctor Who message boards and forums this morning.

Could it be true?

Well, there is a little supporting evidence. Former companion to the Doctor Elisabeth Sladen, who sadly died last year, had a middle name. And yes, it was Clara. Could Jenna-Louise’s character name be an homage to the Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures actress?

It would seem a fitting tribute, but it must be said that Doctor Who has a long history of using codenames to keep the fans guessing – so could we just be falling for another of their tricks?

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see…

The new series of Doctor Who will begin on BBC1 this autumn.


Nicole • May 31, 2012

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat reckons that Jenna-Louise Coleman arrival as the new companion on Doctor Who will have a major impact on the show.

Speaking on Radio 5 to Richard Bacon, he said, “It’s just very exciting. When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different, that’s already happening. It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one, in a way it’s always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it’s Jenna’s character. There’s a lot of ways (her character) will be different, but I’m not telling you what they are! Jenna is just wonderful and spiky and salty and clever: again – just as Doctor Who always does – it becomes a different show, and I’m thrilled with her, everyone’s going to be.” [via Doctor Who News]

Coleman has actually started work on her first episode, but it’s not the one she’ll first appear in on screen. Instead she been filming one of the episode due to air in 2013, after the Christmas special in which she’ll make her debut (Moffat’s still writing that, apparently). Locations filmed thus far have included the Manor House at Plas Llanmihangel, Margam Country Park and Gethin Woodland Park. [also via Doctor Who News]


Nicole • May 31, 2012

Added some more on set images from yesterday’s filming, all the credits go to Ryan Farrell!

Doctor Who > Season 7 > On Set Images > May 30th [+9]

Nicole • May 30, 2012

Seems that Matt and Jenna were filming episode 11 today at Margam Park, and we have a glimpse of Jenna in this on set pic that Simon Watkins took!

You can just make out Matt’s new attire in the distance (naff pic, better later) ‪#dwsr‬ Maybe dark maroon or brown @simon_watkins

Doctor Who > Season 7 > On Set Images > May 30th [+2]

According to Ryan Farrell, the Jenna’s character’s name is Clara.

EDIT: Added a new image always thanks to Ryan Farrell.

Nicole • May 29, 2012

The BBC have announced that the Maxine Peake starring drama Room At The Top will finally be shown on BBC Four over a year after it failed to materialise on it’s original air date.

Room At The Top was due to be broadcast in April 2011 but following a copyright dispute between Remus Films and the estate of writer John Braine the drama was pulled from the schedules.

Adapted from Braine’s 1950’s set novel it tells the story of Joe Lampton (Matthew McNulty) a working class boy who leaves his village for the mill town of Warley with plans to marry into high society. After joining the local amateur dramatic society he finds himself torn between two women.

Production company Great Meadow said, “the producer of the TV adaptation of Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions, is pleased to announce that the issue of copyright between Remus Films and the estate of John Braine, represented by David Higham Associates, has been resolved.”

Great Meadow added that the two part drama will be shown on BBC Four, “in the near future.”

Amongst the cast are new Doctor’s companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kevin R McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Zoe Telford (Sherlock).