When Doctor Who premieres in exactly nine days (yes, I'm counting), Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) will be forced to team-up to search for the missing Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in order to save him.
The last time the Doctor’s companion and his former BFF saw each other, it was in the Season 8 two-parter finale, "Dark Water"/ "Death in Heaven." Missy had resurrected Clara’s boyfriend, Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson), as a Cyberman, only for him to die a second time. Because of that, we should expect a lot of bad blood and animosity between the Impossible Girl and the gender-swaping Master, right?
Well, maybe not.
Jenna Coleman says this unlikely pairing will be borne out of the necessity to save our beloved Time Lord, because he’s apparently in so much peril, "the only thing to do is to put differences aside and work together." Still, it’s not going to come as a shock to learn that the two ladies in the Doctor’s life don’t exactly get along. However, Coleman also says their dynamic won't be completely unfriendly.
"In a way, Clara’s quite fascinated by Missy, but disgusted at the same time. That’s partly to do with how Michelle Gomez plays her, she’s so magnetic that you can’t help but like her, even though you’re supposed to hate her. It’s one of the really clever things she does. Clara and Missy actually end up getting on, but remembering they don’t like each other again."
Michelle Gomez feels the same way about the unusual dynamic duo.
"Our relationship shifts greatly from where we left off in the last series," Gomez told the BBC. "Dare I say there might be a hint of respect there? Perhaps not quite respect. More a healthy dose of circumspect, from both I guess.
"The dynamic takes on a whole new shape and not one I had imagined. There is something not quite right about it that makes for slightly unnerving viewing. Missy gets bored very easily. You can imagine her and the Doctor in the classroom. Missy using her intellect even then to cause mischief and disrupt."
Coleman revealed that Clara will also begin to learn things about the Doctor and the Master’s extremely complicated relationship because it runs much deeper than them being life-long mortal enemies.
"Having two females that are very close to the Doctor is interesting for Clara to witness, because the Doctor and Missy are enemies, but they are also very ancient friends. They have a past and history that they cannot even touch upon, or even understand how you can like or be in love with somebody that has repeatedly tried to kill you throughout time and space.
"I also think it’s interesting for Clara to operate under a female Time Lady, she’s so used to running with the Doctor that to be with a Time Lady is quite a new experience for her. Somebody who is so maniacal is quite fun. You think you’re safe and within 30 seconds you’re literally being pushed down a cliff."
Are you looking forward to see the dynamic between Clara and Missy now that they have to work together to find and save the Doctor?
The ninth season of Doctor Who premieres on September 19 with "The Magician’s Apprentice."
(via Radio Times)