New Companion

Doctor Who and Co. have been hard at work filming the seventh season, and now that The Ponds have departed – sniff!, umm, just gimme a moment, okay –  they’ve moved into the back end of the season which includes a new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. We still know next to nothing about her, what with Steven Moffat being his usual cryptic, misleading self, but now we know her name!

At least we think its her name. Doctor Who TV reporter Ryan Farrell was on set recently and was able to snap a few photos as well as hear Ms. Coleman being called…

…Clara.

Hmm. That’s a rather normal sounding name for a companion Moffat describes as,

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.

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. 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!

Hmm, indeed. Here’s the images snapped on set.

The photos clearly show a Victorian setting for the episode, or do they? Only the Doctor’s in period clothing, and Jenna-Louise – I mean, Clara is shown in normal, run-of-the-mill, human, 21st century clothing. Is Clara just another human companion? Is she an alien in disguise? Or something more?

Since Coleman’s first episode is the Christmas Special, whatever this episode is it won’t air until 2013. What do you think Clara’s secret is? Is there a hint in first on set images?

Source: The Mary Sue

Quite early this morning, very early for us here in the U.S., Steven Moffat held a press conference at which he revealed who the new companion on Doctor Who would be. We’ve know for some time The Ponds would be making their exit this upcoming season and now we’ve met their replacememt.

Say “hello” to your new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman!

Wow. She’s pretty! And not that I’m saying past companions haven’t been but she’s got some kind of real celebrity glamour going on here. Also, who is she!? The rumors were she’d be a well known actress, in England anyway, but for us in the States? Yeah, I got nothing.

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Tomorrow The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to Melbourne in an event described as, “a musical celebration with the Doctor on the big screen and a host of live monsters including Daleks, Cybermen and The Silence invading the venue.” So really it’s just a night where an orchestra performs the music of Doctor Who while people dressed as Who monsters roam the theatre. A fantastic evening out if you ask me.

And why is this of interest? Because Steven Moffat has written the show’s brief forward,

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is coming. In Cardiff, we’re gearing up for the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made. There will be shocks, surprises and heartbreak – the Doctor is about to say goodbye to his very best friends, Amy and Rory.

And then he’s about to say hello to someone very different – the Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…

This, of course, has Whovians scrambling to decode whatever kind of secret message The Moff might have hidden in these few sentences. Remember, the man’s a genius and unmatched at playing games with his fans, could there be hidden meaning to these words?

As you can read, there’s another mention of the heartbreaking farewell expected between the Doctor and the Ponds. Oh, how I am not looking forward to that. But there’s also a brief mention of the Doctor’s new companion, expected to be revealed next season. Particularly the bit about meeting them, “in the very last place he could ever have expected.” Hmm…what could that mean?

Season seven of Doctor Who should begin production soon, and once that happens I expect we’ll learn more and more very quickly as set reports and photos leak out.

What do you think we can expect next season on Doctor Who?

Source: Bleeding Cool