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Doctor Who’s New Companion Has A Name! Plus The First Shots Of Her On Set!

When the new companion for BBC’s Doctor Who was announced, not much information was given. We knew she’d be played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman and that she talks faster than Matt Smith’s Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat said, “Who [Coleman is] playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” Well, we finally know who she is and even have the first pictures of her from the set. If you consider those things spoilers, best to turn away now. 

The secrecy surrounding Coleman’s casting and character were serious business. Though the actress herself was clever enough to decipher her top secret codename. “I wasn’t allowed to say that it was Doctor Who at any point,” she said. “Not talking to my agent, not when I arrived at the audition, and I certainly couldn’t tell anyone at all what I was up to next.”

At that point, Coleman didn’t even know what her character’s name would be but it’s finally been revealed and it’s…


Shooting took place yesterday in Margam Country Park in Wales with Coleman and Smith on hand. Doctor Who TV reporter Ryan Farrell was on hand and is the one who heard Coleman being called Clara. He was also able to get these shots.

All indications are that this is set in the Victorian era. Though why the Doctor didn’t give his new companion a change of clothes to match him, I’m not sure. The thought is that Clara is another human companion but there’s no confirmation on that yet. Personally, I was really hoping for an alien this time around.

“When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different, that’s already happening,” said Moffat on Radio 5. “It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one, in a way it’s always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it’s Jenna’s character. There’s a lot of ways (her character) will be different, but I’m not telling you what they are!”

Coleman will make her first appearance in this year’s Christmas Special but that’s not the episode these photos are from. This episode will air sometime in 2013.

(via Blastr)

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  • Katie Rosebrock

    I will try to find the article, but I read that Moffat announced the Doctor does a costume change after the Ponds/Williams leave. Moffat says the Doctor wants to do a change of clothes because the old ones remind him too much of the Ponds. So this might not be the Victorian period after all, it might just be the Doctors new duds. 

  • nmlop

     I thought the same thing – it doesn’t look like a Victorian “costume” to me, just another anachronistic Doctor outfit. I like it either way!

  • Anonymous

    I wear a Vest now, vests are cool.

  • Jennifer

    If she’s not an alien, hopefully she’s from a different time period than the one we live in. Past, future, I don’t care. Just not mid-2000s to now. All I know right now is I want the Doctor’s outfit for myself. That jacket is amazing!

  • Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    Regarding the character name, I’m personally treating it as speculation until a formal announcement is made. Also, the Doctor Who production team has a long history of using codenames to keep the fans guessing, as this Radio Times piece points out:

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Well that would certainly be interesting. The waistcoat is very 8th Doctor.

  • Anonymous

    Other than the coat, there’s nothing to indicate that this is set in the Victorian era.  The vest could be from any time in the last 150 years, and the shirt, jeans, combat boots, and tie look to be of the sort he’s been wearing.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    If you click through to view the other shots from set you’ll see other actors in Victorian garb as well.

  • Anonymous

    And you’d be very wise to do so Psychotronic.  In doing so, you’ll be the least disappointed person posting here.

  • Anonymous

    Matt said right from the start that he wanted to change the costume every now and again, so I think we can expect to see his costume evolve throughout the show, at least while Matt is in the role.

  • Francesca M

    And he did, It freaked me out when suddenly I noticed him wearing a different colored tie in a couple of last seasons episodes.

  • Francesca M

    I read her name was actually CLARA with all caps…. DUNH DUN DUN!!!!!!

  • JustPlainSomething

    Also, he still dons the bowtie.

  • JustPlainSomething

    Those glasses are KILLING me. Between the 10th’s glasses and now these… I’m in heaven. akflaeiorwhafln

  • Francesca M

    Well I think that means Bowties have gone from Cool To Classic. ;P

  • Sophie

    If her name is Clara, then I made a random (maybe not so random) connection. Elizabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who recently passed away. Her middle name was Clara. I dunno but they might be a little too coincidental. It might be a sign of respect to her.

  • Bill O’Dwyer

    *waistcoat ;)

  • Anonymous

    Meh. These glasses look a little too ‘harry potter’. Should have gone with something a little less iconic.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but denim with rivets is not Victorian.

  • Anonymous

     here is my doctor who site

  • Jonathan Wint

    Obviously the character died on the asylum planet?? Why? Daleks can time
    travel and teleport and are mini-spaceships. What If once the Shield
    was dropped she just left?She already hacked the Daleks so she could of
    hid her self from there senors. Maybe she used the nanites to turn her
    back or maybe more interestingly she still a Dalek that created a
    humanoid disguise and is still loopy enough to think shes human.. Be
    interesting dilemma for the Doctor as clearly he even realized she was
    still a human despite being as Dalek. Yet unbelievably to dangerous to
    leave hanging around.

    Might create some interesting storys as the first humanoid Dalek that
    looked Human in Asylum was Clearly truly a DALEK with out humanity,
    might be neat to see the two face off.