Doctor Who's Clara was supposed to remain a Victorian governess

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 May 2013
The many identities of Clara Oswin Oswald

The many identities of Clara Oswin Oswald

Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman has revealed Clara Oswin Oswald was supposed to remain a Victorian governess which would have meant her character was much less complex, but showrunner Steven Moffat changed his mind

Doctor Who's Clara Oswin Oswald was supposed to remain a Victorian governess.

The Time Lord's companion - who is portrayed by Jenna-Louise Coleman in the BBC sci-fi series - has appeared as a Dalek, a Victorian governess in last year's Christmas special and as a contemporary incarnation of her character.

Clara's real identity will be revealed in Saturday night's (18.05.13) finale episode, 'The Name of the Doctor', but 'Doctor Who' writer Neil Gaiman insists the character would have been much less complex if showrunner Steven Moffat hadn't changed his mind.

Speaking about his most recent story, last Saturday night's (11.05.13) episode 'Nightmare in Silver', he said: "The original companion was going to be very much the Victorian governess we saw at Christmas.

"'Doctor Who' has its own peculiar way of being written, so I started writing it about 14 months ago. I wrote about the first 10 pages and then they said they'd changed the companion from what I was expecting to something else.

"We decided they can do more weird stuff if it's now the contemporary third incarnation so I had to reshape it so it wasn't the governess."

Neil insists he is in two minds about writing any more episodes of 'Doctor Who' because while he is still keen to pen a storyline that scares adults, he gets frustrated by the lack of pay.

He added to Radio Times magazine: "On the one hand I don't have time to write 'Doctor Who'.

"It doesn't pay very well, but you also have to rewrite it and rewrite it and rewrite it and never get paid, whereas in America you get paid for every rewrite ... And there are lots of things including movies, novels, an HBO series that I should be doing.

"On the other hand, I haven't done [a 'Doctor Who'] episode set on Earth yet, and I haven't created a new monster. And there's part of me that feels ... I haven't scared anybody yet ... The Cybermen has a few little scary bits but it's running at about a five of six. I'd love to do a nine.

"I'd love to do something that sends adults behind the sofa too and makes them wee. Pools of wee."

'The Name of the Doctor' will be shown at 7pm on Saturday on BBC One.

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