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Georgia Tennant talks about bringing Jenny back

Georgia Tennant has reprised her role as the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny, in a new series of Big Finish audios. And she’s clearly very excited to be back.

Georgia Tennant appeared in just one episode of Doctor Who, 2008’s The Doctor’s Daughter, opposite her now husband, David Tennant, as the Doctor’s genetically manufactured daughter, Jenny. Despite only having one appearance, the character became a fan favourite. In an interview with Radio Times, she spoke about her surprise at this:

“I’ve always been aware of what Doctor Who brings to it, and what you then carry on throughout your life, but because it was just one episode I thought ‘Oh…that’ll just come and go.’ But it hasn’t, and everyone’s so lovely.”

At the end of the episode, Jenny survived and it was left open for her to make a possible return – something fans have been hoping for for 10 years. Originally, the character was slated to die at the end, but Steven Moffat revealed that it was him who convinced Russell T Davies to keep her alive:

“Apparently it was me that kept her alive, because I said – when I heard about the idea – ‘Oh don’t kill her at the end, that’s the Star Trek thing to do.’ So he kept her alive just because I said that.

“And I wrote to him after and said, ‘Well I didn’t know that I did that,’ and he said, ‘Oh it doesn’t matter, Steven, she flew straight into a moon!’”

However, we’re glad he made the suggestion, as now Jenny is back and Tennant is clearly very excited to be returning. She explained Radio Times one of the reasons why she wanted to come back:

“Everyone’s wanted me to do this, and at conventions everyone’s been like ‘Why don’t you come back and do something?’ And you know, obviously they never asked me on the TV show…”

“There’s only so many stories you can tell. It’s difficult to tell [fans] about your character when your character hasn’t existed before that point. It’s very difficult to come up with anecdotes.

“I just felt that I needed to give everyone a break and stop talking about it. But now, I’m going to have LOADS of stuff to talk about, so they’re going to have at least another 10 years of me banging on. So that’ll be fun for everyone.”

The character has also grown since her first appearance, and Tennant thinks the gap has helped develop the character:

“She’s got much more of a personality than she had, I think, in the TV show.

“Because we’ve had time to sort of create that. Which is nice. And in herself, she has had time to create her own personality. She’s gone on.”

In an interview with Digital Spy, she explained why there needed to be a gap between the TV appearance and doing the audio dramas:

“Enough time needed to have had passed after the TV episode, so that I felt like I could put my own mark on her. Because obviously she was effectively born at the beginning of the TV episode, so by the end of it, she’s not formed a massive personality.

“I wanted to make sure that I could create a well-rounded, interesting, fun version of her that I would be happy to commit to. It’s a slightly weird thing in that you’re reprising a role, but actually you’re sort of creating it fresh, because she wasn’t particularly fully-formed [on television].”

Tennant also spoke about her experience recording the new audio dramas:

“I’ve enjoyed it much more than I thought I was going to enjoy it. The pressure that I felt back then has lifted, and I’ve just had a bit of a laugh!”

As well as starring as Jenny, Georgia Tennant is also an associate producer on the series, advising on story ideas, scripts and casting:

“It’s a power thing! They didn’t at any point say, ‘Step back, madam!’ so that was good.”

Although the series focuses on Jenny, her famous father does get a mention:

“[The Doctor] gets referred to every now and again. But Jenny is very much a separate character in her own right.”

And it seems that fans are just as excited as Tennant is for the return of Jenny:

“I only saw positive things, which is good – I didn’t delve into the depths of the internet to find the negatives! But the fans are really excited to see what she’s been up to. And that’s really nice. There’s no fans quite like the Doctor Who fans!”

Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter is available to buy from the Big Finish website now.

[sources: Radio Times, Digital Spy]