Jenna-Louise Coleman has claimed that she landed her new role in Doctor Who, because she wasn’t an avid follower of the series.
The stunning actress was very much seen as a surprise choice for the role of Clara, the Timelord’s latest companion but she thinks showrunner Steven Moffat liked the fact that she didn’t know much about the history of the show and previous series.
She had a fresh approach to her role and character and told The Evening Standard:
‘I didn’t really know anything about Doctor Who but Steven really liked that.’
‘[Being new to show] meant that when I went into the audition with Matt Smith I could be more spontaneous because I didn’t know him as the Doctor.’
She thinks this helped their chemistry and how they approached their on screen relationship and continued:
‘The plot seemed to evolve from audition to audition, with more scenes being written, and characters being introduced. There were times when I thought they had no idea what they wanted.’
Later this year the cast and crew and past stars of Doctor Who will be marking the show’s 50th anniversary. There have been many rumours and reports about the plans and while Jenna didn’t give much away she did reveal that she’s ‘excited’ to be a part of the celebrations. She said:
‘[I am] so very excited. Fifty years of Doctor Who and still going strong.’
‘Steven texted me saying this will be something we will talk about in our dotage and he is right, we will. So watch this space!’
Meanwhile a former star of the show has been making headlines this morning, even after his death.
Jon Pertwee – who passed away in 1996 – played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970 to 1974 and apparently waged war against Hitler before he even became famous as a TV star.
It has been claimed that during his time in the Royal Navy – where he spent some time working in naval intelligence during the Second World War – Pertwee reported directly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as he worked on designing James Bond style gadgets alongside 007 creator Ian Fleming.
He detailed some of his duties in a recently discovered interview given before his death, in 1994.
The Sun quotes Jon as saying:
“I did all sorts. Teaching commandos how to use escapology equipment, compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet.
“All sorts of incredible things. It suited me.”
Jon never revealed his activities before this time, as he was worried about breaching the Official Secrets Act.
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