Doctor Who inspired by James Bond

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The Doctor with Clara Oswald

The Doctor with Clara Oswald

'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat says the opening episode of the new series of 'Doctor Who' was inspired by James Bond films.

James Bond inspired the opening episode of the new series of 'Doctor Who'.

The Time Lord returns to screens this month in 'The Bells of St John' and showrunner Steven Moffat admits the high-octane adventures of 007 were a big influence on the fast-paced, action-packed adventure .

Speaking during Q&A at a screening on the episode at London's Soho Hotel, Moffat said: "We were talking about the fact we were going to have to do a modern day story to introduce Clara yet again - but this time not kill her - and Marcus Wilson, our producer, said let's do it as a proper London thriller. I suppose it's as close as we can get in the 'Doctor Who' world to James Bond. It's a very 'Doctor Who'-ised version of Bond."

In the episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) must fight off an enemy living in the Wi-Fi computer network.

In once scene the pair have to race through London on a motorbike, while in another they have to stop a plane from crashing

Matt filmed many of his stunts himself and he is particularly proud of his prowess on the bike.

Speaking about his motorcycle scenes with Jenna, the 30-year-old actor said: "I did that, I'm like Tom Cruise! We were on that bike, and it was such a lovely day in London, and we both went, 'You know, this isn't a real job.' It was great fun."

Following appearances in two previous episodes, the Doctor is joined in the TARDIS full-time by Clara in the second half of Series 7.

Matt has been blown away by Jenna's acting talent on set and struck up an instant chemistry with her and he thinks her character Clara gives the Doctor a new lease of life following the deaths of of his last companions, married couple Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

Matt said: "I think it's quite nice for the Doctor because I think now he's gotten he's grieving for the Ponds out of the way she reawakens his curiosity in the universe and gives him his mojo back. I think she's absolutely brilliant, as you'll see on screen, and it's been a joy to work with Jenna. I'm really proud of the work we've done together. I think it's exciting for the character, it gives him a new lease somehow."

'The Bells of St John' will air on BBC One on Saturday, March 30.

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