Jenna Coleman has been speaking about the emotional moment she read the script for Matt Smith’s final episode of Doctor Who. “I’d been putting it off for ages and ages, because once you read the last page, that’s it, the story is over.
“So I read 10 pages on the tube and I stopped, and then I picked it up again the other day and finished it. I was an absolute mess, an absolute wreck,” she told The Guardian. “But it’s good; it’s sad, but it’s what needs to happen. It’s perfect.”
From the moment Coleman joined Smith in the Tardis the pair enjoyed an easy chemistry that has delighted Doctor Who fans, but just months later the eleventh Doctor had announced his imminent departure from the role. Nevertheless, Coleman confirms that both she and her co-star were pleased with the announcement of his successor, Peter Capaldi.
“They told me and Matt when Prince Charles and Camilla came to the set,” said Coleman. “We were both: ‘Ahhh, of course.’ It takes you a few moments – I don’t think he was on any of the original lists. People were talking about Rory Kinnear and people like that, but as soon as you say it, you’re like: ‘Of course.’ As Steven Moffat said: ‘He’s the Doctor.’ And it’s brilliant that we’ve gone so different from Matt.”
Coleman, who prior to Doctor Who had spent four years playing Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale before roles in Room at the Top and Dancing on the Edge, also spoke of her first encounter with Doctor Who’s scores of loyal fans at this year’s Comic-Con event in San Diego. “It was amazing to see how far-reaching it is. I thought I’d be overwhelmed, but I was humbled. It’s something that Matt says: the star is the show.”
Coleman and Smith will next be seen in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, which will be shown at selected cinemas and broadcast on BBC1 on Saturday 23 November at 7:50pm. Watch the latest trailer here.