Jenna-Louise Coleman promises ‘feisty’ Dr Who role

Jenna-Louise Coleman has said that she plans to bring a ‘feisty’ edge to her role as Doctor Who’s new companion Clara.

The actress will make her first proper appearance as the barmaid-turned-governess in the Christmas Day episode of the BBC One show, alongside Matt Smith and guest star Richard E Grant.

And she described the character as “a mysterious one,” adding that she was “very down to earth, but feisty and curious too”.

“She isn’t intimidated by the Doctor, instead she finds him amazing and ridiculous,” Jenna-Louise revealed. “But she is on her own mission and lives by her own means, she is very resourceful.”

The episode, written by Steven Moffat, is set on Christmas Eve 1892 and sees the Doctor facing an army of snowmen controlled by Grant’s villainous Doctor Simeon.

Moffat admitted the episode had been penned with a typically festive “noisy, sugared-up, slightly tipsy household” in mind – while Grant, who has previously played the Doctor in online and spoof versions of the show, admitted he did not mind starring as the bad guy this time.

“When you’re born with a 10ft long face, you don’t get hero roles,” he said, “but I’m not complaining as I have hugely enjoyed the wide variety of parts I’ve got to play.”

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