The previous Doctor was engaged in a close relationship with his sidekick Clara that even led to a passionate kiss.
But Capaldi, 56, insisted his Time Lord would not be following in Matt Smith’s footsteps by getting intimate with 28-year-old Coleman’s character.
"There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure," he told the Sunday Times Magazine. "It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments’. I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant."
The Papa-Nicole comment relates to a series of 1990s Renault Clio car adverts which hinted at a romance between an older man and a younger woman, before they were revealed to be father and daughter.” [x]
Having read the five leaked scripts, I can confirm there is no flirtation between the Doctor and Clara … but only because this Doctor refuses to recognize Clara as a woman at all. [Script spoilers ahead.]
After the scene in ‘Deep Breath’ in which he tells her “I am not your boyfriend” (essentially dismissing Clara and Eleven’s romantic tension as a silly crush on her part, and something Eleven wrongly encouraged - I mean, I anti-ship those two, but even I found that offensive) Twelve seems to blind himself to all suggestions of Clara as a sexual or romantic being. He insults her appearance on a regular basis, telling her she has wide hips, for instance, or is wearing no make-up and looks unremarkable when she has clearly just put in a lot of effort for a date. Moffat seems to have no clue how to write a relationship between a man and a woman in which romantic or sexual attraction is simply not an issue. He can’t seem to imagine either side would be unattracted to the other. Apparently the constant stream of insults is supposed to convince us Twelve “doesn’t see Clara that way”. (Clara’s feelings, of course, simply falling into line with whatever the Doctor decrees.)
It’s bizarre, and it would probably work a lot better if Moffat hadn’t spent the past few years writing a constant stream of personal insults as code for sexual / romantic attraction. (Amy / Eleven, Amy / Rory, Eleven / River, Eleven / Tasha Lem, etc etc.)