Everyone knows that former Waterloo Road and Emmerdale star Jenna-Louise Coleman has been cast as the Doctor’s new assistant (unnamed — but possibly called “Clara”) on DOCTOR WHO, and that she will make her debut halfway into Series 7, which begins sometime this fall. The problem is, nobody knows anything else. The rest is all rumor and hearsay.
The BBC have released another new photo, which is just a different angle of Monday’s version of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise pretending to go over some script pages. This shot gives us our best look at the Doctor’s outfit, and it’s too fancy and stuffy for my taste. I really hope he changes back right after this story.
My favorite story making the rounds among Whovians right now is that the Doctor and…er, Clara will battle the Ice Warriors! I love those old-timey monsters that gave the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) such a hard time, but were less-impressive in their final two appearances in the “Peladon” stories of Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor era. There have been rumors ever since David Tennant took over as the 10th Doctor that the reptilian Martians would be returning (including in the special “The Waters of Mars”) but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it’s only wishful thinking, but the whispers seem more substantial this time. (Of course, they would get a modern update, a la the Silurians.)
Then again, this rumor could be a garbled version of the story that the Yeti — also a bane of the Second Doctor — would be returning. Only time (and spy photos from the set) will tell.
Until then, we have a handful of new unconfirmed “facts” to go on. Apparently, in an interview with BBC5 Radio, show-runner Steven Moffat disclosed the following (subject to verification when the interview actually airs) information about Jenna-Louise’s character:
- The new companion is a human from contemporary Earth. Moffat believes this is necessary for audience identification, especially new viewers.
- How the companion gets where she is and that means for her is what will make her utterly different and fascinating.
- The new companion does not have any links to any previous characters (There goes the theory that she’s a new regeneration of Susan!)
- Her “journey” will be shocking and intriguing, and the Doctor has never met anyone quite like her before. Which, if you think about it, is really saying something!
- Her presence in the TARDIS will change the Doctor, and there’s something different about her that will have a continuing effect on the Doctor/companion dynamic. Again, that’s saying something…
Supposedly, the interview will air soon, and then we will have confirmation one way or another. Although notice there is no mention of the character’s name!