A message from Steven Moffat and Jenna-Louise Coleman about the big surprise

The sci-fi drama's executive producer and latest companion have something to say to the show's fans...

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So, who got a whopping great surprise this evening when Jenna-Louise Coleman arrived on Doctor Who earlier than scheduled? Matt Smith’s latest companion made an unexpected first appearance in the series seven opener, Asylum of the Daleks, shocking TV viewers who believed she’d be making her debut in the 2012 Christmas special.

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Well, now that the secret’s out, we can share the thoughts of both Coleman and executive producer Steven Moffat regarding tonight’s bombshell.

“Boo! Hello! Hope we gave you a good surprise!” the 26-year-old actress said. “Thanks to all the fans who kept it quiet! More to come…watch this space!”

Moffat, who also penned tonight’s episode, said to RadioTimes.com:

“I hope you all got a nice surprise when Jenna popped up in Doctor Who several months early. If so, that surprise came to you courtesy of the frankly magnificent ladies and gentlemen of the press, and of the many Doctor Who forums and blogs too. This show has been seen at four separate screenings, across four different countries and yet not one person gave one spoiler. From all of us on Doctor Who, a heartfelt thank you for helping us tell our story.”

So did Moffat hoodwink you? Was Oswin’s entrance a complete shocker? Tell us your thoughts…

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