Doctor Who: new companion starts work

News Louisa Mellor 24 May 2012 - 12:03

Jenna-Louise Coleman has begun shooting her first scenes on location as the new companion in Doctor Who

This story contains potential spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas special

The Welsh medieval manor of Plas Llanmihangel in the Vale of Glamorgan has been host to some interesting visitors this week (well, more interesting than the posh wedding parties and gravestone rubbing crowd it usually attracts) as Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman tipped up to start filming the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Some canny fans snapped a shot of Coleman leaving the manor, which you can see below thanks to Doctor Who TV. As she was heading out, we’re fairly certain that won’t be Coleman’s official costume and that she’s holding some kind of drinks container rather than anything Who related (sonic thermos anyone?).

The choice of location is an interesting one though, and seems to support the “spooky ghost” theory doing the rounds for the Christmas special, even if Steven Moffat told us all to dismiss the ghost-based dialogue in Coleman's audition script as a red herring. Another idea we like the sound of is that Coleman’s companion will be from a past era (as in, our past, rather than the Doctor’s). A period companion then, or a spectral one perhaps…

And here are some shots of the manor itself, which comes with its own church and graveyard. We imagine they'll be able to put their B&B prices up for Who fans after the Christmas special wraps.

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I can never decide whether to belive Moffat or not, sometimes I think that what he says is a red herring wrapped up inside a red herring....

Interesting stuff, like the snow-bound graveyard. I guess until we know the new companion's name, there will be little to report.

I think he's proved before that he's ready to bend the truth a little in order to protect some of the shows secrets until they're ready to be told.

I can fully believe that JLC will be someone from the past perhaps she encounters someone from her life in the future who thinks she's a ghost?  A spooky christmas special sounds very Who though.

Period Companion - Yes Please
Ghost Companion - No Thanks

We've had a Victorian companion in Victoria Waterfield. Would be great if Jenna played someone from another time although the producers felt Victoria had a limited understanding of the complex sci-fi world she was thrown into. Perhaps a time nearer to the current without being contemporary? The Sixties is an obvious link to the fiftieth anniversary. Maybe a girl born in November 1963? Or perhaps someone who was at Coal Hill School with Susan and was mystified as to where her friend and two of her teachers had vanished? As the RTD era and to a lesser exent the Moffat era seem interested in the consequences of the Doctor's actions on the people left behind - notably Jackie Tyler, Wilf Mott and to a lesser degree Mels - this would be a nice link to the origins of the show... the secret identity being revealed over time - of course!.

she is cute but honestly I have seen better clarity on pictures  of bigfoot

I just really want her to be something more than just another attractive female to run around after the Doctor. We need someone refreshing and different like Donna.

that is a very good idea... I just think it would be interesting to have someone not from recent times being used, just give a bit more of a twist to it.

Yeah, but not like Donna ;D

 I really liked Donna. I thought she challenged the Doctor in ways that other companions haven't because they're too busy going mental with love/lust.

I did like the change and having an older companion that wasn't a romantic interest was nice, but I just didn't really like the character that much.

You're right, and also Jamie McCrimmon was a Jacobite rebel but stayed on right through until the transformation of Troughton to Pertwee. You know, I have been waiting for nearly 50 years for the script-writers to bring back the Meddling Monk. I think there is still much untapped potential in that character.

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