Jenna-Louise Coleman on ‘Doctor Who’

By Meaghan Fleming,

Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays the new companion Clara on BBC’s Doctor Who, chatted this week about the Christmas special, Oswin, and her experience so far with the show.

Coleman talked to Entertainment Weekly about her Doctor Who experience so far. Coleman says she knew little about the show before auditioning, though her grandmother is a big fan. She has watched a little of the show, and says she wants to “watch every single episode,” but wants to be like her character who “has to experience it front on.”

Coleman says she was not supposed to be Oswin in the “initial plan,” but executive producer Steven Moffat came up with an idea.

“That was part of a genius plan that Steven came up with half way through the audition process," Coleman admits. "That was already written but not written for what was to be the new companion.”

She continues: “I was auditioning for the companion and then I got all these sides and I was like, ‘Who’s Oswin? They clearly don’t know what they want, they obviously don’t know what they’re looking for. They just want people to show them different things and see.’ This is what I assumed when I was auditioning, not realizing that it’s basically Steven’s mad genius again.”

Coleman played Oswin in the first episode of season 7, “Asylum of the Daleks,” and overall, fans were confused since Clara and Oswin appear to be two different characters. Coleman says Oswin will be a “soft mystery” in the show.

The Christmas special The Snowmen is set to air on Christmas evening at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America, as we previously reported. In the special, the Doctor will meet his new companion Clara and will try to stop the plans of Doctor Simeon, played by Richard E. Grant, and his strange snowmen

The trailer for the special can be viewed below or in the link above:

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