One of the great things about travel is the people you meet—especially if you’re traveling in a TARDIS. From Timothy Dalton to David Morrissey to Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who has welcomed a raft of guest stars over the years. That tradition is being continued in the new season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. EW asked Who actress Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald on the show, to talk about working with three of the season’s new faces.
According to the official casting announcement, the M:I5 actress will play a “powerful out-of-this world character with a dark secret” named Ms. Delphox who the Doctor and Clara meet on a strange and puzzling planet. “She’s great,” says Coleman. “She’s playing this naughty but nice, really sexy villain who kind of kills you but with a sweet smile.”
It was announced last May that the British singer-songwriter would be appearing in the new season of Doctor Who in an as-yet-unspecified role. “She’s really cool,” says Coleman. “I know her personally as well. I don’t actually know how much I can say about it but it’s a very clever way in which she is brought in and—what can I say?—there’s music!”
Brit comedian Skinner is a huge fan of the show. When his casting was announced earlier this year, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat quipped that he had “been volunteering to be ‘third monster on the left’ as long as I’ve been in this job.”
“He is a huge, huge, huge Doctor Who fan,” says Coleman. “We’d do scenes between me and Peter and then you’d often just see Frank basically soaking it all up and just really really enjoying being on the TARDIS and the whole experience. It was funny to have a proper, proper fan who really does know everything about Doctor Who folklore.”
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