Jenna-Louise Coleman wanted own Doctor Who stunts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2013
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara with the Doctor

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith

Jenna-Louise Coleman wishes she could have done her own stunts for the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary

Jenna-Louise Coleman wishes she could have done her own stunts for the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary.

The brunette beauty - who plays the Timelord's companion Clara - envies her co-star Matt Smith as he was able to do more of the physical work in filming as time constraints meant body doubles had to be drafted in for most of the spectacular stunts in 'The Day of the Doctor'.

Discussing a scene where Matt hangs over Trafalgar Square in London, she told SFX magazine: "I did a bit of it - we filmed in the first half of it and we actually got swung on the crane from side to side, and I was fully harnessed and belted in.

"Apparently it was a time issue with us all doing our own stunts. But I wanted to - when else are you going to do that in Trafalgar Square?"

The episode sees past stars David Tenant and Billie Piper - a former Timelord and companion Rose Tyler - return to the BBC One show, and Jenna admits she enjoyed working with them as it meant she and Matt got to spend longer with them than they usually do with co-stars.

She said: "I like having the big ensembles because often it's me and Matt and people come and go away every two weeks, so it was nice to have people around for a longer period of time."

Billie filmed her last 'Doctor Who' scenes in 2007, though she made a brief return two years later, and Jenna-Louise thinks it was probably "strange" for her to come back at first.

She said: "I think it must be very strange for her to come back to Cardiff [where the show is set] after so long but to be honest, David had spoken to her and he said something like, 'She's verging on giddy', so I think she's pretty excited to be back."

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