Seems it’s been a little while since we reported on anything Doctor Who related. Last we checked in with the TARDIS and crew they were filming the last of The Pond’s adventures in New York City. So we know they’ve been hard at working filming the seventh season, but when can we expect it to air? Bleeding Cool has uncovered a clue in the schedule for Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival which has the first episode of Doctor Who season seven premiering between the 23rd and 25th of August. Hmm…what could this mean for its television air date? I’m guessing the Beeb will soon announce when Who returns, stay tuned!
In related Who news, Steven Moffat, grand master of things Who, recently spoke with Doctor Who Magazine about what it takes to be a companion, and in the process teases a few things about the TARDIS newcomer, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Just how different will she be from companions we’ve seen in the past?
I’ll answer you in the show about how it’s going to be different. But because it is going to be different. It’s going to be a shock, I think. In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’—that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds.
What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty—they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it’s the same man choosing them, and it”s the same person being chosen.
Moffat also touched on why the Doctor usually picks attractive, young, female humans for his companions,
I think the function of a companion is pretty simple. I don’t think that’s very difficult. It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean … who’s going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It’s more than a format. It’s evolved from good, dramatic reasons.
I don’t necessarily disagree, but it’s fun from time to time to shake up the Doctor/companion dynamic. Think of Donna Noble, while she was an attractive female she wasn’t the usual young girl with a crush on. They were more like best buds and she didn’t have much choice since the Doctor just kept showing up in her life.
Still, I’m really intrigued by just what kind of companion Coleman will be. What are your thoughts? And do you think you’d choose to run away with the Doctor? Do you have what it takes to be a companion?