How Jenna-Louise Coleman approached playing 3 Clara's on Doctor Who

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Mar 28, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT (Updated)

We’re just a few days away from the premiere of Doctor Who—two days, to be exact, but no one’s really counting—and the Doctor (Matt Smith) will once again encounter Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) as a third but modern version of her character. You know how they say that the third time's the charm?

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the Doctor’s newest assistant.

[Spoilers ahead.]

We’ve already met “soufflé girl,” or, if you prefer, Oswin Oswald, in the future in the explosive and tear-jerking season-seven premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks,” where, as it turns out, she’d been assimilated to become a Dalek, a fate worse than death, if you ask us.

Then our beloved Time Lord met her in Victorian London, where she played Mary Poppins a nanny in Doctor Who’s last Xmas special, “The Snowmen.” And died again. (Could it be the Rory curse acting up?)

And now he’s about to meet Clara Oswald for the third time in “The Bells of Saint John,” and the Doctor calls her “the only mystery worth solving,” while the question is: Who is that “Impossible Girl?”

Whoever Clara is, actress Jenna-Louise Coleman discussed how she approached the “same-ish” character in three different ways and how she wrapped her head around them:

‘It’s a hard backstory to get your head around,’ she admits. ‘My approach was to play all three as individual people and trust that there would be a pay-off. It was mystifying but exciting to get the chance to play such a complex part. You never know where it’s going to lead.’

And neither do we, but we’re looking forward to seeing the mystery that is Clara Oswin Oswald unfold before our very eyes, and our beloved Doctor work it out. In her words, “Run, you clever boy.”

(via Metro)

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