Nicole • April 05, 2013

Now that Clara has officially debuted as Doctor Who‘s new companion, let’s get down to solving the mystery of this “impossible girl.”

On Saturday’s Doctor Who (8/7c, BBC America), present-day Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) will have her first outer space adventure in “The Rings of Akhaten.” Coleman sat down with TVGuide.com to give the scoop on what it takes to play the Doctor’s (Matt Smith) new companion, Clara’s rivalry with the TARDIS and the highly anticipated 50th anniversary special:

First of all, do I call you Jenna-Louise or just Jenna?
Jenna-Louise Coleman:
It’s Jenna. I keep getting called Jenna-Louise [by reporters] but it’s something that my mom calls me when she’s angry with me.

There is a huge mystery surrounding Clara: Two versions of her — one in the future and one the past — both died, and she is living in the present day. Has writer/executive producer Steven Moffat explained the mystery to you yet?
Coleman:
I only found out whilst reading the last episode of our season, which was a couple of months before we finished shooting. So I played most of the season not knowing, which is really good. I didn’t need to know in order to play what I needed to do.

Are you satisfied with how the mystery is explained?
Coleman:
It’s being slowly teased throughout the series. It’s like this slowly unfolding mystery, and we will eventually get payoff.

Much is said about each new Doctor’s signature style, but the companions also have their own sense of fashion. Does present-day Clara have any signature looks? What is her style?
Coleman:
I’ve got seven or eight girls I’m really close to, and I live with two or three of them in London. We all went to school together. I really wanted her to look like she could be any of them. So we’ve done loads of jewelry, which is featured throughout. I’ve got this “timey-wimey” watch actually, which has loads of different clock faces on it. Because of all the different Claras and all the dimensions, the costume drops some subliminal references. Clara is also quite collared actually and she’s quite chic. I kind of liked the idea of that. She looks a little bit cutesy, but she’s got biker boots on. She’s the kind of girl who [sits] in a library reading, but she’s actually quite a go-getter, action fighter with these little biker boots. She’ll take you by surprise. She’s not all that she seems.

Moffat has said that one of the reasons why you were cast is that you could talk faster than Matt Smith. Are you naturally a fast talker?
Coleman:
I think it’s to do with Steven’s writing as well. It’s kind of in the rhythm of it and it works for the pace, but I have a tendency to talk very fast anyway. Matt and I feed off of each other with it I think. But it causes problems because then I go to ADR [automated dialogue replacement] in the studio afterwards and I have to keep up with myself, which is quite difficult. You’ve got to look at your own face and match your mouth, so it’s quite tricky when you talk as fast as I do.

What’s the chemistry between you and Matt behind the scenes?
Coleman:
It’s great. The TARDIS is like our little home. As you’re waiting for set-ups and things like that, we kind of just chill out in the TARDIS and gossip and chat.

(Read the rest of the interview at the source)