Five Things We Learned From Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman at Oz Comic Con Sydney

Over the weekend the ICC Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour played host to Oz Comic Con Sydney. This would be the first time the pop culture event would be held in the brand new convention centre so it seemed only fitting that for this event we’d be graced by a very special guest in The Impossible Girl herself Jenna Coleman from Doctor Who.
Coleman whilst visiting for Oz Comic Con entertained the audiences with a question and answer panel on each day. Here’s the five things we learned from her and her Q&A panels.

Jenna Coleman’s favourite Doctor is David Tennant.

As one of the very few companions who has had the good fortune of working with multiple versions of The Doctor, Coleman was grilled as to who her favourite is. Her response is predominantly diplomatic, as she “doesn’t want to get in trouble with either Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi”. Also Coleman would have loved to have been able to be one of the Tennant-era companions as she loves that he runs everywhere.

Jenna Coleman’s favourite costume was the ‘Oswin Oswald’ dress with the egg whisk.

Coleman was fortunate enough to play multiple versions of her character Clara Oswald (as well as her relatives and or descendants) scattered all throughout time. One of the bonuses of this is getting to wear a huge variety of costumes. However the costume for Oswin Oswald was a particular favourite with its “futuristic Virgin Atlantic air-hostess vibe with the egg whisk on her belt”.  Also her costumers were very much dictated by the sort of action the character would be subjected to in the script. Anytime she might be hanging upside down meant she would have to wear trousers/pants.

Jenna Coleman accidentally broke the TARDIS on her very first day!

An overly excited Coleman was pushing a few too many of the buttons on the TARDIS console. when any companion’s worst nightmare occurred – she broke a few of the dials . Even though they managed to fix it, Coleman has never been able to live the embarassment of that day down.

Jenna Coleman wasn’t surprised they cast Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.

Coleman was more surprised by the announcement of Peter Capaldi  as the 12th Doctor than she was of Whittaker’s announcement as the 13th. The show’s progression with diversity representation has been a little slow but she believes that the showrunners are attempting to be more inclusive. Coleman is convinced that Whittaker will nail the role though as she considers her an excellent actress.

Jenna Coleman was terrified to take on the role of Queen Victoria.

In her latest series Victoria, Coleman plays the titular Queen in her early years, from her ascenion to the throne at the age of 18 to her marriage to Prince Albert. The main reason for her fear though was that it “…felt like a mountain to climb research-wise”. Playing a real historical figure, and only being able to rely on text accounts (there was no tv or film or even audio recordings in that era!) of what she was like proved suitably nerve-wracking.

Jenna Coleman appeared as part of the Brisbane and Sydney Oz Comic Con 2017 tour.
Brisbane Convention and Exhbition Centre – 23rd and 24th September
ICC Sydney Darling Harbour – 30th September and 1st October
Oz Comic Con Will return in 2018.


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Carina Nilma

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