Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has discussed the problems with Clara’s introduction in Series 7 and how the character has changed in this year’s series.
Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine: “One of the difficulties with her ‘impossible girl’ story was that she wasn’t actually a participant in it, because she didn’t actually know about the mystery … Certainly she came to life immediately as a character and as a performance with Peter [Capaldi]’s Doctor … suddenly there was a different chemistry.”
He commented: “Peter and Jenna absolutely belong together in Doctor Who. To be absolutely honest, there’s also the problem of … you look at Matt Smith in a bow tie and you’re looking for Karen Gillan. You just are. So it was tough for Jenna.”
The writer explained: “Do you remember back in the day … Sarah Jane Smith seemed like a rather dull replacement for Jo Grant, til Tom Baker’s Doctor came along? Sarah Jane was quite boring for that first year, then Tom Baker came along and – fazoom – she was brilliant.”
Moffat added: “Clara has her own Doctor now, and she becomes the main character – which of course the companion always should be, really…”
Series 8 continues next weekend on BBC One with ‘Time Heist’.
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