Doctor Who: is Jenna-Louise Coleman on board as Clara?

Fans are convinced they overheard the new companion's name whilst filming took place in South Wales

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Those in the know on the world of Doctor Who have named the character played by Jenna-Louise Coleman…as Clara.

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The BBC has not made an official announcement, but several fans who’ve been snooping around Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot in Wales – where filming is currently taking place – are sure they’ve overheard JLC being addressed as Clara in scenes. 

Twitter was set alight last night when Ryan Farrell (one of the aforementioned fans) took a break from tweeting pics from the set to drop this bombshell:

“Jenna Louise is CLARA”

Similar claims have filtered through the Doctor Who message boards and forums this morning.

Could it be true? 

Well, there is a little supporting evidence. Former companion to the Doctor Elisabeth Sladen, who sadly died last year, had a middle name. And yes, it was Clara. Could Jenna-Louise’s character name be an homage to the Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures actress?

It would seem a fitting tribute, but it must be said that Doctor Who has a long history of using codenames to keep the fans guessing – so could we just be falling for another of their tricks?

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see…

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The new series of Doctor Who will begin on BBC1 this autumn.