In addition to using the new incarnation of the Doctor to shake up audiences’ expectations on DOCTOR WHO, the new Time Lord (Peter Capaldi) will have a much different relationship with companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).
Executive producer Steven Moffat recently chatted with The Mirror newspaper, and explained how the new Doctor will get on with the old companion:
“As a new Time Lord you need all the friends you can get, but [the 12th Doctor] even has to win over his companion. Clara grew very attached to [the 11th Doctor] and that shows in the opening episodes. Peter’s Doctor has to get past a spiky opening and try to make Clara a sidekick who will help him save the world from the usual mix of aliens and monsters from the galaxy.”
Additionally, according to the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat sees that dynamic as affecting the whole upcoming season:
“We’re going to give [Clara] a Doctor who’s not like [The Eleventh Doctor] at all, who’s a much older, fiercer, madder, less-reliable Doctor, who leads her a merry dance. And she’s trying to keep him a secret and she’s now working in a school.”
So, would a different companion have any better luck with the new Time Lord? Leaving aside those rumors of a male companion, what about someone who knows the Doctor really (really) well — say, Prof. River Song?
“I’m slightly tempted [to bring River back], because I imagine Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston would be absolutely hilarious together.”
What do you think? Is there a past companion who would get on well with a more madcap, dangerous Doctor?