Doctor Who Returns! Jenna-Louise Coleman on Clara and the Scary Spoonheads

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Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith | Photo Credits: Adrian Rogers/BBC America

The Doctor's search for his elusive (and twice-dead) companion Clara has come to an end.

On Saturday, Doctor Who returns at 8/7c on BBC America for the first episode with Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in her official capacity as companion to the Doctor (Matt Smith). We previously met her as the futuristic hacker Oswin ("Asylum of the Daleks") and Victorian governess Clara ("The Snowmen"), but those run-ins merely set up the mystery of the woman who was destined to travel with the Time Lord. Now he's found her in contemporary London.

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"They're different and from different time periods, but there's a similar essence and spirit throughout them," Coleman tells TVGuide.com. "Our Clara has grown up and is born and raised in contemporary London, so her lifestyle is very different from Oswin who's been locked up on her own for a year and has kind of gone mad and is not as feisty as the Christmas Clara. This Clara doesn't wear her heart on her sleeve. She has quite a lot of secrets."

Despite that reserved nature, Clara is willing to take a gamble on this funny man in tweed and a bow tie. "She's always wanted to travel and explore the world. She's got a book called The 101 Places to Go that was given to her by her mother," Coleman explains. "She's in that stage of her life where she's finished university and she's floating around. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. She just knows that she wants something kind of more. This is when the Doctor comes into her life and offers her all of time and space."

That adventurous spirit leads her to enter the time-travel spacecraft the TARDIS with a man who tells her, "I'm the Doctor. I'm an alien from outer space, I'm 1000 years old, I've got two hearts and I can't fly planes." Check out the clip below to see their strange introduction:

Are you glad the Doctor is back with Clara in tow? Doctor Who airs Saturdays at 8/7c on BBC America.

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