New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman

Jenna’s Struggle with Secrecy

The cat may now be out of the bag as we usher in new companion Jenna Louise-Coleman but for six very long weeks she was required to lie about just what she was auditioning for and which role she eventually won she told the Radio Times.

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise ColemanIf pressed Coleman had to tell friends she was up for a part in “Men on Waves”(an anagram of “Woman Seven”, in reference to the seventh series) which now joins the likes of Torchwood in the pantheon of cover names (sadly, there won’t be an edgy sci-fi series called Men on Waves on BBC Three any time soon.)

“I wasn’t allowed to say that it was Doctor Who at any point. Not talking to my agent, not when I arrived at the audition, and I certainly couldn’t tell anyone at all what I was up to next.”

Being forced to lie to your agent is one thing but trying to keep a secret from her girlfriends was an altogether more difficult proposition:

“When you keep a secret this big, the temptation to tell is all the more irresistible, especially as I live with three schoolfriends. With girl politics the way they are, I couldn’t tell just one friend. I had to phone one of them on the way to the press conference to tell her that I’d borrowed her shoes, in case she saw them in photos.”

To read more of this exclusive chat with Jenna pick up a copy of the Radio Times, on sale now.


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