Doctor Who: Jenna-Louise Coleman confirms her return as Clara Oswald for series 8 but reveals filming has been delayed

by Anna Howell

Doctor Who actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, has confirmed that her character, Clara Oswald, will be around for the whole of series 8.

Not that anyone doubted it, of course but, as with all new companions of the Doctor, details of Jenna-Louise’s character have been kept tightly under wraps ever since it was announced she was joining the show.

For months speculation ran riot among Doctor Who fans everywhere over the slightest detail of her storyline, including what Jenna-Louise’s character name would be, which according to the actress was even kept a secret from her meaning she had to use a code word at the audition so that the info would not leak out.

However, now that Clara, after appearing for the first time in last year’s Christmas special, is to be a main part of the show when it returns for series 7 at the end of this month, the former Emmerdale and Titanic actress has revealed a few more details in a recent BBC Radio 5 Live interview.

When asked by the presenter about her involvement in series 8, the actress replied:

“I think I can say that? I can say I will be in season eight.”

Coleman then went on to reveal that, due to her Time Lord co-star Matt Smith’s busy filming schedule which includes a part in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, production for the next series has been put back till September this year, as well as describing the relationship between the Doctor and Clara:

“It’s not as straightforward as them being great friends who go on this adventure – there’s so much subtext of them both trying to figure each other out. I have the idea they’re magnetically drawn to each other”.

Also present in the interview was Doctor Who producer Marcus Wilson who, as cryptic as ever, described the new series which is due to air at the end of this month:

“It’s an epic series – Steven’s raised the bar again. It’s full of huge variety. We get to see some old friends, some old aliens, but running through is the delicious mystery of the impossible girl who is Clara Oswald.”

Listen to the whole 15 minute interview in the clip below:

Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens on Saturday 30th March with  The Bells Of St John (FIND OUT WHAT TIME HERE), watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below: