Lately, all the buzz has been on the filming of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary – which they’ve been doing quite publicly – but there’s still plenty of Season 7B ahead of us! Only two episodes have aired thus far – our reviews: “The Bells of Saint John” & “The Rings of Akhaten” – and already the mystery behind Clara, the “impossible girl,” is building. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Jenna-Louise Coleman teases all those little coincidences surrounding Clara. Like the birthday on Victorian Clara’s tombstone being November 23rd, which also happens to be the date of Who‘s anniversary. Coincidence? Not likely,
In the Christmas episode, I didn’t know why that was the case. But again, we will find out by the end of this series. But it’s really exciting — [the season finale] is phenomenal. My spine was tingling when I read it. Again, I’m teasing your so badly here, but there’s the beginning opening sequence, which [is] kind of building up into the 50th. It’s just huge.
So clearly, Clara and her impossibility is somehow linked to Who‘s 50th. That’s an interesting twist. Coleman also commented on Clara’s relationship with the TARDIS, which if you’ll remember from “Akahaten” seems to be off to a rough start,
The TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.
I definitely noticed the TARDIS was a little cold with Clara, not letting her inside without The Doctor for instance. I think the TARDIS senses something about her, recognizes that the same girl appearing in three separate times isn’t right. What do you think? Does the TARDIS know something’s wrong with Clara? Is that how she connects to whatever’s going down in the 50th?
Hit the jump for two clips from this week’s episode, “Cold War,” featuring our first footage of the new Ice Warriors, as well as the official synopsis for the fifth episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.”
The Ice Warriors’ return to Doctor Who is big, especially since producer Steven Moffat was so against it until friend and collaborator Mark Gatiss won him over. Gatiss penned the script for “Cold War” and has somehow managed to revamp the Ice Warriors for modern audiences without losing what made them classic Who villains in the first place. At least, that’s what we’re all banking on. Check out a couple clips from “Cold War,” and decide for yourself,
The voice is a definite improvement, and they’re still quite creepy. I like ‘em, but I didn’t catch why its name seemed significant to The Doctor, did you?
Update! Here’s another clip of Matt Smith and Coleman introducing “Cold Wars,”
Following in a couple weeks is Steve Thompson‘s “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,” which besides the finale, is the episode I’m most excited for. Rarely do we see much of the TARDIS beyond the console room that any chance to explore more of her is welcomed. And after learning how tempestuous her relationship with Clara is, I can only imagine how things will go down when they’re stuck together,
A spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor marshals the motley salvage crew outside, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.
Season 7B continues to air on BBC America, Saturday nights at 8pm EST.