Doctor Who executive Steven Moffat has told SFX magazine that when former Emmerdale actress Jenna Louise Coleman becomes the Doctor’s latest sidekick, Clara Oswin, we’ll see the Time Lord become “a different man.”
Not literally of course, given that Matt Smith has – despite rumours to the contrary – pledged to remain in the role of the Doctor until at least 2014.
However, Moffat said that when Clara takes over the role of companion to the Doctor – from Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) who of course departs in the current series – she will change him considerably.
He said, “He becomes a different man. He dresses differently.
“We are going to do the story properly of the Doctor having lost a friend and making a new one.
“We’re not taking that lightly.”
During the interview, Moffat also suggested that losing Amy is set to have a profound emotional effect on the Doctor which will make him “less upbeat.”
He said, “It’s not in one door out the other. It’s the story of how all that affects him, why he engages with somebody else and what’s going on with that – that’s all important.
“The Doctor is quite different with her, and the way you watch them is quite different.
“They felt not quite like equals – the Doctor never feels like an equal to his companion – but you knew them equally well and they were equally important to each other.”
Doctor Who of course returned to BBC1 on Saturday, notching up an impressive 6.4million viewers.
It was in that first episode of the new series that we got our first look at Clara, though she will of course be properly introduced during the show’s Christmas special this year.