At the end of this year’s Christmas special, the ominously titled “Last Christmas” — which saw The Doctor and Clara reunited for the first time since they both lied to each other in the season finale — the previously gruff-and-tumbled dynamic between the series’ stars had changed quite noticeably. No doubt all that helped to sway Coleman into staying awhile longer (plus who could resist Peter Capaldi’s endearingly emphatic begging, eh?) traveling through all of time and space.
“I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other,” the actress told the BBC. “There is so much more to do.”
Of his costar’s return, Capaldi said he was thrilled. “Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”
This past season of Who has been a polarizing one (putting it lightly) thanks to the Doctor’s regeneration from Matt Smith to Capaldi, further compounded by the curt relationship that formed between Time Lord and companion.
“The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change,” explained Coleman. “I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”
But with at least another season (or half-season, as others have reported), Coleman is excited to explore that dynamic even further. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved.”
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