New Doctor Who star, Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed that show head honcho, Steven Moffat, changed the plans for the new series because of her!
Jenna-Louise, who first appeared as the Time Lord’s new assistant, Clara Oswald, during last year’s Christmas Day special, made the revelation by accident whilst speaking to the Mirror newspaper at the preview of the new series half, due to air on Saturday night, where she let slip that her audition for the role caused Moffat to rethink the shows future.
Discussing her new role with the publication Jenna-Louise, who has also starred in the hit ITV soap Emmerdale as well as Moffat’s mini-series Titanic, explained:
“She is the woman twice dead and the impossible girl.
“I think that is the brilliant thing. Bringing in a new character is hard, but Steven has done the best thing and been very clever by creating this mystery. It wasn’t how it was supposed to be at first, it kinda evolved during the audition period.
“I came in to play a Mary Poppins governess which was to be the character full time and then as we were auditioning Oswin was already written and it all just kind of got pieced together.
“It goes over the next series and we get a huge pay off at the end of the series.”
The actress recently discussed her relationship with Matt Smith, the actor currently playing the iconic Doctor, admitting to Entertainmentwise that she was “knocked over” by his presence the first time she met him:
“Instantly from the first audition I definitely felt it and it was a feeling of walking away from the audition room and feeling like I’d been knocked off my feet like a hurricane. I felt this is what I would like to do day in and day out.
“Everyday is so different and I really don’t know what he’s going to throw at me which is great so it’s kind of keeping that spontaneity.”
Whilst Smith himself added: “And that’s what we got immediately, with Jenna and Steven’s writing as such, there’s such rhythm to it and it’s fun and that’s the main thing.”
“I think it’s quite nice for the Doctor. I think having got his grieving for the Ponds out of the way, I think she’s reignited his curiosity for the universe and given him his mojo back.
“I just have to say that she (Jenna) is absolutely brilliant and she’s been a joy to work with and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done and I think it’s exciting for the character as he’s been given a new lease somehow.”
Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens at 6.15pm on Saturday 30th March with The Bells Of St John, watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below: