Nicole • September 27, 2012

Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae has praised “fantastic” new companion actress Jenna-Louise Coleman.

MacRae told Digital Spy that he had been impressed by the 26-year-old star’s original audition tapes.

“She just had this amazing energy,” he explained. “She’s actually a couple of years older than Karen [Gillan] but she seems younger – she seems more of a teenager and bouncy. She’s fantastic. It’s really hard to take over from any companion that’s loved like Amy and Rory are, and she’s just going to be so different whilst still being a Doctor Who companion. It’s a very good choice from the producers.”

MacRae also confessed that he had been aware of Coleman’s surprise guest appearance in Who’s series seven premiere ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ prior to transmission.

“I was amazed that it stayed secret, but thrilled that it did,” he revealed. “It was a very clever decision of Steven [Moffat]’s to tease in that way, because he’s given away absolutely nothing but created a lot of interest.”