Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life
Jenna Coleman has spoken about how Clara will adapt to the new Doctor and the character’s life away from the TARDIS.
In the latest issue of Sci-Fi Now, Coleman says: “For Clara that’s really difficult, because with Matt’s Doctor, she was always quite safe with him. She knows that he would catch her, whereas this guy, she isn’t quite sure if he will or not, and he doesn’t quite know himself yet either. He’s trying to find out what kind of Doctor he is, if he is a good man or who he is now, and that’s a discovery for him as well.”
Peter Capaldi says: “I think she finds it very difficult to deal with him. He doesn’t really do much to change himself in order to make himself palatable for her, so she struggles a great deal to understand him and find a way to like him. He’s not a walk in the park.”
Coleman adds: “The new Doctor is unapologetic and a lot less patient. He’ll get the same job done, but he won’t beat around the bush at all; he’s straight to the point, he’s direct, he hasn’t got the patience of a human. He’s a lot fiercer, bolder, darker, but he’s got this curiosity, this mad curiosity… He’ll keep pushing the line further and further into danger to try and satisfy his curiosity, to try and find things out.”
On Clara’s day-to-day life Coleman says: “In the same way we had Victorian Clara leading a double life, this Clara has a life of home, school, her domestic life, her domestic bliss, her flat in Shoreditch, and then the Doctor will bring the TARDIS and land in the bedroom or land in the stationary cupboard at school, and then she’ll go off on her adventures. But she’s very strict about him returning her at exactly the right time so she doesn’t miss anything on Earth. So in a way she is kind of having her cake and eating it, but what she really doesn’t want is the double life to collide in any way. It has to be completely separate, and that is the control freak Clara coming through.”