We all know the production team is currently shooting the DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, which doubles as this season’s Episode 6 and features the introduction of the new assistant played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Well, a spy with big ears lurking about the set at Cathay’s Cemetery reports overhearing a line couple of lines of dialogue that could be construed to confirm the name of the new companion — and precisely what makes her so unusual.
If you don’t want to know, consider this your SPOILER WARNING, and I’ll wait until after the cut to reveal her name, so don’t click through.
In the meantime, I’ll remind you that the episode, set sometime in the 60+ year Victorian Age, also reunites Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor with Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her companion Jenny (Catrin Stewart), as well as Strax the Sontaran (Dan Starkey). I wonder if this will be the gang’s first meeting with the Doctor — at least from the perspective of Vastra, Jenny and Strax? And, finally, Richard E. Grant is said to be portraying the villain of the piece.
OK, it’s just us now, the info junkies who simply must to know…
According to Spoiler TV, the dialogue overheard goes like this:
(The Doctor and Madame Vastra are standing over a grave.)
Vastra: “Where are you going?”
The Doctor: “To find her! To find Clara!”
So there you have it. It would appear that Jenna-Louise’s character is named “Clara” — and she’s dead!
Unless this Clara person is somebody else in the episode who’s dead and walking around! It doesn’t have to be his new companion.
Personally, I think it would be rather interesting if the Doctor starts traveling with a walking corpse, and I look forward to Steven Moffat‘s explanation for how this would be possible. Also, if I know the Grand Moff, I’m willing to bet that Clara’s death is somehow linked to the Doctor, either directly or (more likely) indirectly. Having the Doctor angsting over causing her death is a good reason to bring Clara onboard.
Also, what if Clara doesn’t realize she’s dead? Will the Doctor tell her? (Well, of course he’ll tell her, it’s just a question of when…)