Doctor Who’s Jenna-Louise Coleman: “Clara and the Tardis have a relationship – it makes fun of her”

The new companion says she's set for a "face-off" with the time machine

Series six episode The Doctor’s Wife introduced us to the Tardis in female form, Easter adventure The Bells of St John poked around inside the ship to show us where the Time Lord keeps his bow-ties and now new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed she’s filmed a full-blown conversation with the Doctor’s ship…


“The Tardis and Clara have a relationship,” said Coleman. “It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, ‘Does so-and-so like Clara?’, the Tardis and Clara have a bit of a face-off.”

It seems the Doctor’s two favourite girls are even set for a bit of a slanging match. “We’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the Tardis, and the Tardis is making fun of Clara”, explained Coleman, who is set to pilot the ship in a future episode. “They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.”

Exactly when the scenes in question will be broadcast (if at all) remains to be seen but it seems a reasonable bet that at least some of the “dialogue” Coleman refers to could take place in upcoming series-seven episode Journey to the Centre of the Tardis.

Certainly, we can expect to see yet more of the interior of the ship, with showrunner Steven Moffat telling fans recently “We’ve built the rest of the Tardis! We’ve got some great visuals for that.”

Coleman describes the revamped Tardis  first revealed during the Christmas 2012 special  as “me and Matt’s new place”, adding that her co-star was “like a giddy kid” when he first saw it.


“It was strange because obviously it was a brand-new Tardis, so it was a set that nobody’s ever used before or seen before at this point,” she told America’s TV Guide. “But this is where you’re going to be for however many [of] the next couple of seasons or years, so it’s like mine and Matt’s new place. He was running up and down all the stairs like a giddy kid who got his toy back.”