Who's new companion reveals screen duo which inspired her performance

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Mar 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EST

While we can’t wait to see Doctor Who’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, in her modern incarnation, Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed which classic on-screen duo inspired her performance.

Speaking to SFX (#233), Coleman revealed that she watched the films of screen legends (and real-life couple) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to help inspire the dynamic between her character, Clara, and Matt Smith’s Doctor.

"When I started on Doctor Who, Matt said to me, 'Watch Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy films!' - we were talking about our dynamic and trying to figure it out, realising we were a double act."
"It's trying to find each other's rhythm... so watching things like Spencer Tracy films really fed into that."

The actress says that the relationship between Clara, aka the "impossible girl" (she has already had two incarnations die: the Victorian Clara and the future Oswin) and our beloved Time Lord is "like a dance."

She adds:

"Matt always said it's about physically finding our rhythm. In a way the whole thing is like a dance, and the moment we started dancing together and finding that rhythm is when it worked."

Smith recently revealed that his favorite Doctor Who moment so far has been the on-screen kiss he’s shared with Coleman.

A kiss and a dance. How romantic.

Doctor Who season seven, part two, will return to our TV screens on March 30.

(via Digital Spy)