Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Brien!
Hats off to whichever Doctor Who script-writer who came up with the idea of exiling the Doctor to Earth and having him work for UNIT at the beginning of his third incarnation. Especially the Third Doctor. The First would simply not have put up with the indignity, the Second would probably rather have wandered off to learn an eccentric circus skill after a few days on the job, whereas the charmingly superior Third rather suits his capacity as scientific advisor to the Brigadier.
The only trouble is, the job had already gone to someone else, and another doctor, to boot. Enter Dr. Elizabeth Shaw – played by Caroline John – expert in meteorites, physics and medicine, who has arrived hot-foot from Cambridge university to assist the taskforce in their dealings with extra-terrestrial forces.
read the rest at Anglophenia
…next time I go to Marks&Spencer I will spend at least 5 minutes standing there with an avocado in my hand.
You know. They might be magical. Maybe the magical avocado makes you into a companion of the Doctor.
First: thanks to everyone for hanging in there today as this blog became a Jenna-Louise Coleman Appreciation Blog. It’s been two years since the last companion change. Moments like this are rare so we have to make the most of it.
As most of you should know by now, actress Jenna-Louise Coleman was announced as The Doctor’s next companion beginning with the 2012 Christmas Special.
So who is Jenna-Louise Coleman? So glad you asked!
Later this month she’ll appear in an ITV dramatic miniseries about the sinking of the Titanic. The title of the series is ‘Titanic’.
She’s also the voice of Melia in Xenoblade for Wii.
You can see clips of her work on other shows over at Anglophenia.
Best of all, according to Steve Moffat, she’s clever:
"I think she’s possibly the only person I’ve ever heard go faster than Matt."
When she found out that she got the part, she was in a store holding an avocado.
This has led to a good-hearted but comical Whovian takeover of the ‘avocado’ tag on Tumblr thus confusing healthspo/thinspo Tumblrs everywhere.
David Tennant approves as do former Classic Who companions Katy Manning and Anneke Wills. Matt is so excited that he sent her a very Matt-sounding text.
We assume he sent it before he and Arthur started posting pictures to Twitter and Instagram.
Yes it is, Arthur. Yes. It. Is.
Speaking of Twitter, Jenna doesn’t have one. Yet.
Beware of imposters.
Also, there was news about episode count for series 7:
There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Christmas Special, then 8 next year. Again, Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.
And Steven Moffat revealed a big spoiler >DO NOT CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK!!!< which we hid behind a ‘Read more’.
So that’s it for today. We’re sure that we’ll have more as the days and months go on.
Welcome to the family, Jenna-Louise Coleman. We’re all a bit mad here and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Interviewer: "What was your reaction when they first told you that you had the part, and where were you?"
Jenna-Louise Coleman: "I was in Marks and Spencers holding an avocado, having a debate about what goes best in an salmon salad."
First: welcome to the family. Second: just in case you’re still wondering about what goes best in a salmon salad, here’s a recipe. Enjoy!
- 8 ounces smoked salmon
- One bag mixed salad leaves
- 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- curled carrot strips
- 2-4 black olives
- sprouts to taste
- 4 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoons freshly-chopped chives
- garnish with lime wedges
Share the salad leaves between four serving plates and top with the avocado, tomato, olives, sprouts, and carrots strips. Arrange the smoked salmon on top.
To make the dressing, whisk together the avocado oil or olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and chives. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the salads. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve at once.
@KatyManning Official The new Dr who girl must be absolutely thrilled ! I remember how blown away I was 40 odd years ago xx
@AnnekeWills What great news! I was only talking about her the other day. Looking forward to seeing Jenna-Louise in action. Welcome to the family! x
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New companion? x
From The Guardian:
Coleman, who is due to start work on the show next weekend, has had to keep the news of her new role secret. “A few members of my family knew but it’s a huge relief today to be able to phone up my flatmate and tell them,” she said.
"I’ve had a few conversations with Matt who’s been amazing. He texted me this morning wishing me good luck and ‘We’ll have the best time ever,’ I think were his words. So he’s been very supportive and very excited.”
Saying she was a fan of the show, the actor said that David Tennant and Billie Piper were probably the Doctor and companion she was most fond of – alongside Smith and Gillan, of course.
Coleman won her part on the show after impressing with her chemistry with Smith.
Coleman, who is 25 and from Blackpool, said that she hopes she is prepared for the huge interest that surrounds the show and the pressures that brings but is trying to focus on the job. “What I feel really comfortable with is the meetings that I’ve had with Matt and how much fun we had,” she said.
"That is what I’m focusing on and why I can’t wait to get on set, and read all the scripts and just start doing my job really," she said. "So I think I’m trying not to really look at those pressures and just be excited about the job in itself."
The actor found she’d got the job while she was in Marks & Spencer buying the ingredients for a salad. "I was in Marks & Spencers holding an avocado," she laughed. “I put my basket down and left Marks & Spencers. But I couldn’t tell anyone so I went for a bit of a walk and tried to digest. It was really quite surreal.”
Height: 5ft 2in
Emmerdale - Jasmine Thomas (2005-2009)
Waterloo Road – Lindsay James (2009)
Room at the Top – Susan Brown (2010)
Captain America: the First Avenger - Connie (2011)
Dancing on the Edge - Rosie Williams (2012)
Imaginary Forces - Ellen (2012)
Titanic - Annie Desmond (2012)
Nominated for best newcomer at the 2006 British Soap Awards
Nominated for most popular newcomer at the 2006 National Television Awards
Nominated for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards
New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is best known for appearing in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road. Born in Blackpool, the 25-year-old has been acting since she began applying for a place at drama school in 2005, when she was spotted by Emmerdale’s producers and given the role of Jasmine Thomas in the soap.
Her performance in the drama, which saw her murdering her on-screen boyfriend and embarking on a lesbian affair, earned her best newcomer award nominations in 2006 and saw her tipped for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards. In the same year, she left Emmerdale and took a role in the BBC1 drama Waterloo Road, set in a school.
Leaving after making appearances in nine episodes, Jenna-Louise then began working in films, appearing in a TV adaptation of John Braine’s Room at the Top in 2010, and then landing a role in the Hollywood blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
She’ll soon be seen playing “cheeky little cockney” stewardess Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes’s Titanic, which will begin screening on ITV1 from Sunday 25 March, and has also filmed her part in Dancing on the Edge, an upcoming five-part Stephen Poliakoff series for BBC2.
Jenna: “I want to get started already. I’m a huge fan of the show”. Of her favourite companion “Between Billie Piper & Karen Gillan.”“Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together.”
Steven Moffat: "We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt - he had to keep up!”
There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.
For more on Jenna, check out 'Jenna-Louise Coleman: Ten Things about the new 'Doctor Who' star Why we’re watching: Jenna-Louise Coleman, actor and Wikipedia.