Nicole • March 13, 2013

Doctor Who sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed how Matt Smith told her to watch iconic Hollywood couple Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to inspire their onscreen chemistry.

Following Matt Smith’s revelation that kissing Jenna Louise Coleman was his favourite Doctor Who moment, Jenna told how the Time Lord actor gave her advice.

She said: “When I started on Doctor Who Matt said to me ‘Watch Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy films!’ We were talking about our dynamic and trying to figure it out, realising we were a double act. It’s trying to find each other’s rhythm. So watching things like Spencer Tracy films really feed into that. Matt always said it’s about physically finding our rhythm. In a way the whole thing is like a dance, and the moment we started dancing together and finding that rhythm is when it worked. When I joined, Caro the producer said to me, ‘This show is really like no other, because you don’t sit down to have a chat, you don’t get to know these characters in that way, you are literally creating a character and creating a relationship as you’re running down a corridor’. You’re always running away from something or running to something, and it’s all about that momentum and that pace.”

Jenna also revealed in SFX magazine that she almost tried for a career as a dancer instead of an actress, but the same skills are helping her on the BBC show’s stunts.

She said: “Dance was my main passion when I was young. It was totally my life from when I was about four years old to when I was doing my A levels. I was doing semi-professional dance school in the evenings until I got to the point where time-wise I had to make a decision, and my evenings were then spent doing play rehearsals with a theatre company, and the dance got less and less. It was a choice that I made. On Doctor Who I’ve had to do all kinds of things where I’m in vortexes and the camera’s moving around you, so it actually comes in really, really handy. And also having an awareness of your body and how it moves. I had to do a bit in the Christmas special where I fell backwards off a cloud. I’ve done quite a few of my own stunts where you’re like falling backwards onto mattresses and things like that. So, yeah, I totally think that I’m a professional stuntperson now.”

The 26-year-old is now taking a break from filming the show and said she is enjoying watching box sets of TV shows and devouring books to “have a breather” from the show.