(SOURCE)The Doctor Who Festival ended on an emotional note today, with Peter Capaldi bidding his co-star Jenna Coleman farewell with a huge bouquet of flowers.
As the last panel finished, Capaldi stood to give a heart-felt speech to the actress, who is soon to depart her role as companion Clara Oswald.
“We just want to say good luck to you in the future and everything that you do,” he said. “We wanted to say thank you for being the most wonderful companion. For giving us the gift of your talent, your time, your friendship and for being Clara. But more important than anything else, for being Jenna.”
A clearly touched Coleman embraced Capaldi, before telling fans that, “The last four years have been the most wonderful journey, and incredible, unique, wonderful and mad and amazing.
“I will forever treasure the life experiences. I remember a conversation with Steven [Moffat], actually. We were talking about the 50th anniversary and how it was one of those that we will be looking back on for years and years to come and how special it was that we were apart of that. It’s such a special pocket of time. To have had so much warmth and enthusiasm and love from the fans has been incredible.”
Coleman announced her departure from Doctor Who in September, telling Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, “I have left the Tardis and I’ve filmed my last scenes.”
Her announcement came after years of speculation over when the actress would exit the show. Tabloid rumours originally had her leaving in last year’s Christmas special, before eventually flip-flopping to say she would in fact be staying on for series nine. Showrunner Steven Moffat later confirmed that she had indeed originally been due to leave at the end of series eight finale Death in Heaven.
“That was her last episode,” he told Doctor Who Magazine. “And then she asked me if she could be in Christmas? So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go… She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
When asked about her future on the show, Coleman told Radio Times, “you never feel you’ve arrived… which is a good thing. It would be quite scary to feel safe. You’re in Doctor Who knowing it will never last. It’s constantly regenerating, so you want to make your time count and enjoy the adventure for the fleeting time you’re here.”
Doctor Who will continue with Face The Raven next Saturday on BBC1
Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 9. Following his record-breaking debut season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at the event with Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin.
Peter Capaldi commented, ‘Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It’s become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.’
The new season of Doctor Who premieres later this year, opening with a two-part adventure, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, written by Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink – the Hugo Award-winning episode that introduced the Weeping Angels). The adventure will, of course, see the return of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor and Clara but it will also see Michelle Gomez back as the evil Missy…
Steven Moffat reveals that Clara was written out at the end of Death in Heaven, but the actress changed her mind and decided to stay…
Will she stay or will she go? That was the question that raged around Jenna Coleman last year, as fans and press alike speculated over whether she would leave her role as Clara in Doctor Who. Tabloid rumour originally had her leaving the show in last year’s Christmas special Last Christmas, before eventually flip-flopping to the right answer that she would be staying on for series 9. According to Steven Moffat himself, though, the truth is that Clara was originally going to be written out at the end of series 8 finale Death in Heaven.
“That was her last episode,” he tells Doctor Who Magazine. “And then she asked me if she could be in Christmas? So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll write you out in Christmas.’ She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version – and again changed her mind.”
“But the truth is I never wanted her to go. I didn’t really want Death in Heaven to be her last episode. And with Last Christmas, I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. For Christmas Day it’s a bit nicer. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better. I was very happy to go the extra mile to make sure we could keep her.”
Coleman’s decision to stay on for the entirety of series 9 sets to make her the longest serving companion of the modern era. Explaining why she stayed at a post-screening Q&A last year, she said, “I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved, there’s so much more to do and I think [Clara and the Doctor] have finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.”
Elsewhere in Doctor Who Magazine’s huge ten-page interview with the showrunner, Moffat reflects in-depth on the triumphs and challenges of series 8, reveals what’s next for the Doctor in series 9 and laments on the toll that fame as TV’s most well-known and discussed writer can take on him.
At the BAFTAs Lancôme’s team created the makeup looks for 150 faces. It was a military makeup operation, involving a LOT of lipstick – to be precise 300 Rouge in Love lipsticks and over 150 combinations of foundation.
One of those faces was Dr Who’s Jenna Coleman who wore a beautiful floral Rochas gown with a triangle cut-out above the waistline. In between chatting about Eddie Redmaye, Jenna told us that she loved how it was comfortable and modern, while stile making a statement.
We caught up with her makeup artist Shehla Shaikh to find out how she created the look using Lancôme products. She told us: ‘We wanted to go for a softly smoky eye that defined but didn’t take away too much from Jenna’s modern, romantic Rochas gown.’ Here are the steps to getting the look…
1. Jenna’s skin was prepped and evened using Teint Idole Ultra 01 and her under-eyes brightened with Teint Miracle Pen 02.
2. A subtle rose coloured blush was applied to the cheekbones( Blush Subtil Rose Sable)
3. To create the perfect, low key smoky eye, Shehla used Hypnose Palette ST7, gradually blending colour along the socket.
4. For added definition she used a smudge of Brown Kohl Pencil along the lash-line before coating the lashes in Grandiose mascara.
5. Lips were kept natural with a modern nude tone created with a base of 211 Lip Pencil followed by 200B Rouge in Love lipstick to give a subtle sheen.
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