When I first read about this on Twitter I tried to convince myself that it was all just one big nasty cruel rumour…but alas a few days later it was confirmed that Jenna Coleman was leaving to pursue a new role (as Queen Victoria no less).
I really hope that they don’t kill her character off completely and leave it open for her return…she is “The Impossible Girl” after all so you never know.
I have loved her character from the first time she appeared as Souffle Girl in Asylum of the Daleks. She is an amazing companion to both the 11th and 12th Doctor. She is a strong independent kick-ass girl who can easily put the Doctor in his place and see goodness in him when he does not. (yes I do have a girl crush on Jenna Coleman / Clara Oswald).
“She’s the funny, smart, witty ‘Impossible Girl’ with sass downplayed by humanity and wisdom.”
She will always be my favourite companion.
Here are my top (well, a selection of them anyway) Clara episodes (pre-series 9)
Her name was Oswin and she loved making soufflé’s but, tragically, she didn’t know she was a Dalek. Her interaction with the Doctor via the intercom was cute and a bond was instantly made between them. Her ‘catchphrase’ – ‘Run you clever boy and remember!’ was an instant classic line from her.
A fearless Victorian Clara follows the Doctor up into the clouds. She exhibits all the shocked and thrilled expression every companion expresses, only to say the complete opposite of what the Doctor expects – “It’s smaller on the outside”.
Listen – Fear is power
This has got to be one of series 8’s most powerful episodes. After being through Danny’s timeline chasing a monster under the bed, Clara ends up being “what’s under the bed” – under the young Doctor’s bed to be exact. She realizes he is terrified of the dark. She delivers what has to be the best most heartwarming and motherly speech she only heard the Doctor give moments ago.
“Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day you’re gonna come back to this barn and on that day you’re going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay, because if you’re very wise and very strong fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to anything else, listen to this. You’re always gonna be afraid even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But that’s okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I’m gonna leave you something just so you’ll always remember. Fear makes companions of us all”
The Name of the Doctor
Clara is lost through the Doctor’s time stream. We see just in each of the Doctor’s lives, from when the TARDIS was first stolen, calling the 3rd Doctor in Bessie to turn around etc. Its an awesome scene and great use of cut scenes.
Betray the Doctor? Wow. Destroying all of the Doctor’s 7 keys to the TARDIS, after suffering the grief of Danny’s death Clara is on as mission to sabotage the Doctor. She wanted him to change time and bring him back. Even though it is just a well-played mind track Clara strongly believed it was real. Very dark but ver moving.
The Rings of Akhaten
The most important leaf in the world – the leaf that brough Clara and her father together – full of history, stories, past and a future that should’ve been. Enough memories to kill the strongest of hungry creatures. She saved the day when the Doctor couldn’t. Adding in the highly emotional song and soundtrack and it makes an extremely powerful episode.