Fittingly, for an actress who last year debuted as a time- and space-hopping adventurer in Doctor Who, Jenna-Louise Coleman is thinking about multiple universes. She recently saw Constellations in the West End, a play that took on the idea of there being infinite dimensions – other worlds in which everything that can happen does happen. Sitting in a London cafe, she reasons: if parallel worlds exist, there’s one in which I live in Hollywood and play an Australian in a sitcom, cracking terrible jokes about dingoes.
It almost happened: “Even though my Aussie accent is appalling,” says Coleman, 26, who got to the final auditions for the sitcom job, in Los Angeles in 2011, before being called back to England to appear in the ITV drama Titanic. That job opened up a seam of British work – a part in Stephen Poliakoff’s drama Dancing on the Edge, a role in Doctor Who – that hasn’t let up since. The Poliakoff is an ensemble piece about 1930s jazz musicians. Meanwhile, she has made two meaty Doctor Who cameos to date, including a show-stealing appearance at Christmas, and will be the Doctor’s official companion in the next series. Coleman’s character is a woman called Oswin, who exists (uh-oh) across multiple dimensions….
The BBC Doctor Who Blog has a wonderful three part interview with Production Designer Michael Pickwoad about the new TARDIS:
Question: What’s your favourite element of the new TARDIS interior?
Michael Pickwoad: This has to be the contra-rotating time rotor. It came to me when realising that all TARDIS have had a large circular feature above the console, which never actually did anything. By making it revolve it would suggest that it was computing the time co-ordinates and setting the course through time. Looking at the revolving tray in a microwave suggested the idea that if each ring supported the next on wheels fixed to the centre, then by turning one ring, the next would revolve in the reverse direction and give more of a sense of computing and conjuring up the idea of a circular slide rule.
Each ring of the rotor is divided into eighteen parts, complimenting the eighteen ribs of the TARDIS structure, and being finished in silver and furnished with Gallifreyan symbols, adds to the sense of precision.
Great interview with Eoin Colfer on his First Doctor story.
Jessica is playing a character called Emma Grayling, and the culture shock between her day job and the TARDIS was hard to take at first, as she explained to the Radio Times (magazine): “[It was] very different to Midwife. On Doctor Who, it was all mind machines and strobe lighting.
“But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It’s very different character and genre – you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously.
“I hadn’t realised what an institution Doctor Who is. I got offered the part and didn’t think much about it. Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you’re doing hits home.”
Luckily, Jessica had worked with Matt Smith already, and he made her feel right at home: “We had done a play reading together. He’s a brilliant actor. He has a very long career ahead of him. I like the fact that he brings a darker edge to the role of the Doctor – it’s not all fun and games.”
Saturday (January 12) at 10/9c on BBCAmerica
Finding Whovians in Uganda?
Let’s not all go mad at this news, as it’s quite a private matter for the people involved and personal gossip is probably best left to other (I’m not saying lesser, but, y’know, lesser) sites. But it seems the Tennant/Moffett family is growing larger, to the tune of one extra child.
Head of the household David (as long as his wife Georgia says he is, natch) appeared on Jonathan Ross’s chat show over the weekend and revealed she’s expecting their third child as a family, and second as a couple.
Again, not wanting to make too much of a public fuss himself, he simply said: “It’s lovely, very lovely. It’s exciting.”
This is a great interview because Joshua asks questions that no one else will ask Steven such as:
“Would you ever rejoin Twitter?” and “Do you enjoy traumatizing fans?”
He also gets his dad to talk about the 50th Anniversary.
Go visit his comment thread to suggest questions for the next interview.
From the December 18, 2012 BBC Television Centre - London screening of The Snowmen.
Very spoilery (not just for the Christmas Special but the rest of Series 7) but good interview with Doctor Who Executive Producer Caro Skinner.