Doctor Who Christmas special promises “feisty” assistant and army of snowmen

12:06 08 December 2012

The Snowmen as they appear in BBC1

The Snowmen as they appear in BBC1's the Doctor Who Christmas Day special. Picture: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA Wire

Jenna-Louise Coleman has promised to bring a “feisty” edge to her role as the new companion in Doctor Who.

Two Doctors - Richard E Grant (left) as Doctor Simeon and Matt Smith as The Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas Day special. Picture: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA WireTwo Doctors - Richard E Grant (left) as Doctor Simeon and Matt Smith as The Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas Day special. Picture: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA Wire

The actress, who will appear with Matt Smith and Richard E Grant in the Christmas Day special, plays barmaid-turned governess Clara.

Written by show supremo Steven Moffat the episode is set on Christmas Eve 1892 and sees the Doctor up against an army of snowmen led by the villainous Doctor Simeon, played by Grant.

Moffat admitted he had written the episode with a typically festive “noisy, sugared-up, slightly tipsy household” in mind.

Coleman said her character was “a mysterious one”, saying she was “very down to earth, but feisty and curious too”.

She said: “She isn’t intimidated by the Doctor, instead she finds him amazing and ridiculous. But she is on her own mission and lives by her own means, she is very resourceful.”

Grant, who has twice played The Doctor - in online and spoof versions - said he did not mind being cast as the villain this time.

He said: “When you’re born with a 10ft long face, you don’t get hero roles, but I’m not complaining as I have hugely enjoyed the wide variety of parts I’ve got to play.”

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