Doctor Who – Matt Smith: Clara has given the Doctor his mojo back

“Having got his grieving for the Ponds out of the way, I think she’s reignited his curiosity in the universe”

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Expect the Doctor to have a bit more pep in his step when he returns to our screens as Matt Smith has revealed that the character has recovered “his mojo”. And it seems that this fresh vitality is all down to new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman):

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“Having got his grieving for the Ponds out of the way, I think she’s reignited his curiosity in the universe and given him his mojo back, for want of a better word. It’s been a joy to work with Jenna and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done. And I think it’s exciting for the character. It gives him a new lease somehow,” said Smith at a press conference to launch the series.

The pair will be back on Saturday 30 March for series opener The Bells of Saint John, an episode described by RT reviewer Patrick Mulkern as “a pulse-racing joyride”. And for showrunner Steven Moffat, an increase in pace is something he has certainly set out to achieve:

“Yes, of course, it’s got faster down the years,” Moffat admitted. “But the truth is, all television has. If you look at old Doctor Who compared to other television shows at the time, it was faster. So, yes, you do try and go madly fast in Doctor Who – more stuff, more colour and more sooner all the time.”

It’s a strategy that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has quickly had to adapt to, especially when it comes to interacting with Matt Smith. Of her sparky chemistry with her co-star, the actress explained: “Instantly from the first audition, I definitely felt it. I walked away from the audition room thinking I’d been knocked off my feet a bit, actually. It was a bit of a hurricane. But I just had the feeling of, ‘this is what I’d really like to do day in and day out’.

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“Every day is so different and I really don’t know what he’s going to throw at me, which is great. It’s keeping that spontaneity.”