May 8, 2012
Steven Moffat teases new 'Doctor Who' companion
Jenna-Louise Coleman will join the series at Christmas
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has teased the character of the show’s new companion.
The next series of the show will see Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill depart the show as Amy and Rory Pond, to be replaced at Christmas by newcomer Jenna-Louise Coleman in an unconfirmed role.
And now, speaking in Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat has said that while the new character will "shock", there will be familiar elements. He said: "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 addressed the trend for the companions usually being young women. He said: "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."
Doctor Who returns for new episodes in the autumn, ahead of its 50th anniversary next year.
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