Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Tom MacRae: Jenna-Louise Coleman is “Fantastic”

Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae has recently praised Jenna-Louise Coleman for her performance as the Eleventh Doctors newest travelling companion.

Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the DaleksMacRae branded her as “fantastic” after viewing her audition tapes that won her the role as Amy and Rory’s replacement. He was particularly impressed by how different she was from Amy:

She just had this amazing energy. She’s actually a couple of years older than Karen [Gillan] but she seems younger – she seems more of a teenager and bouncy. She’s fantastic.

It’s really hard to take over from any companion that’s loved like Amy and Rory are, and she’s just going to be so different whilst still being a Doctor Who companion. It’s a very good choice from the producers.

Talking to Digital Spy, MacRae also talked about the reception to his 2011 belter of an episode The Girl Who Waited and how surprised he was that Coleman’s first appearance in Asylum of the Daleks was kept so secret.

Beyond all that, what you’re all dying to know is if MacRae will be making a contribution to the 2013 run of Doctor Who. As it turns out…he wouldn’t confirm. Apparently there are a few spaces for writers that are yet to be confirmed but the writer was remaining tight lipped as to whether he would be involved or not (Editor’s note: we reckon there might be a MacRae script, with production factors determining whether it is produced or not).

We certainly hope he will be as episodes such as Rise of the Cybermen and The Girl Who Waited represent some fantastic Doctor Who for the twenty first century. The very fact that MacRae is viewing audition tapes could suggest that he’s getting to know Coleman’s mannerism’s and movements in order to write for her character but as usual, nothing is set in stone until Mr Moffat makes it so!


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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