Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Steven Moffat Hints At Jenna-Louise Coleman Companion Impact

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed a few details about how Jenna-Louise Coleman's new companion will impact the Doctor.

Speaking to SFX Moffat had the following to say.

Moffat teased of the new dynamic saying: 

"We are going to do the story properly of the Doctor having lost a friend and making a new one. We're not taking that lightly. It's not in one door out the other. It's the story of how all that affects him, why he engages with somebody else and what's going on with that - that's all important."

Moffat says the Doctor and his new companion are not quite equals:

"It's like they grew up in the same sandpit, playing. They felt not quite like equals - the Doctor never feels like an equal to his companion - but you knew them equally well and they were equally important to each other."

He talked of the Doctor's chameleonic nature:

"They formed around each other. And one of the interesting things about writing the Doctor is that he's so responsive to the people around him. It's almost like left on his own his personality would slowly disintegrate. He becomes what people want him to be, a little bit. So he's Amy's Raggedy Doctor."

Moffat also addressed the differences between the Doctor and his new companion:

"With a different companion he becomes a slightly different man. He dresses differently. The mere fact that he's so much taller than her suddenly reveals that Matt Smith is very tall, not, as people assume, about average height, because he was about the same height as Karen [Gillan]."

Moffat describes the current family dynamic and how it will change:

"He's the senior man, not in the sense that he's more important but he's the one you know already, and he's training up a new one, as it were. In these five episodes the Doctor is practically the adopted son of Amy and Rory."

How travelling with a married couple has affected the Doctor:

"He's gone from being the wonderful man from space - Space Gandalf, as he wants to be - to being that troublesome kid that they try and keep under control. They even talked about getting babysitters for him in one unfortunately cut scene."

And a return to a pre-Pond spacefaring Doctor:

"They love him, but they know he's a big kid, they know they have to look out for him, check he eats and all that. Whereas with the new companion he's back to being the mysterious spacefarer."