Meet Amy

There’s a new doc in Doc­tor Who’s Tardis – and he has a new com­pan­ion, Amy Pond. Ac­tress Karen Gil­lan tells tvplus mag­a­zine more

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SEA­SON five of the sci-fi se­ries Doc­tor Who in­tro­duces us to The Doc­tor in his 11th in­car­na­tion – as a man-boy in his 20s. Of course, a new Doc­tor (played by Matt Smith) trav­el­ling around the uni­verse means a new com­pan­ion for the Time Lord… and en­ter 19year-old Scot­tish lass Amy Pond, a con­fi­dent, miniskirt-wear­ing straight-talk­ing red­head. We chat­ted to Scot­tish ac­tress Karen Gil­lan, 22, about land­ing the role of a life­time.

How su­per-se­cre­tive was the au­di­tion process?

In the UK it’s con­fi­den­tial, be­cause Doc­tor Who is re­ally big here, and you have peo­ple who put bets on who’s go­ing to play the new Doc­tor and com­pan­ion.

The BBC likes to keep it se­cret and then re­veal it prop­erly. I couldn’t even tell any­one I was au­di­tion­ing for it. And then I got a re­call, and I couldn’t even tell the BBC re­cep­tion that I was there to au­di­tion for Doc­tor Who. I had to tell them I was there to au­di­tion for Panic Moon, which is an ana­gram of Com­pan­ion. So no, I couldn’t tell any­one. I couldn’t even tell my fam­ily. What’s your work day like? We do a six-day week, and then a five-day week. I get picked up at about 6am, be­cause I have loads of hair that is straight and has to be curled for the show. We’re on cam­era from about 8am un­til about 7pm. We film for nine months of the year.

Have you had any in­juries from all the run­ning around your char­ac­ter does?

No, I haven’t hurt my­self at all. Then again, they don’t let me do any­thing, as I have this stunt dou­ble who does even the tini­est jump for me. I’ll look at a stunt and say, “I can do that”, but for some rea­son they won’t let me.

Of the other com­pan­ions, who did you ad­mire the most?

Billy Piper as Rose was my favourite. I just re­ally liked her in the role. I liked that she was just this mod­ern girl in these crazy sit­u­a­tions, and I thought she did a bril­liant job in the role. The chem­istry she had with ac­tor David Ten­nant (who played the 10th Doc­tor) was also en­joy­able to watch.

Have you had any in­ter­est­ing en­coun­ters with fans?

The Doc­tor Who fans are very ded­i­cated, and they come to all the pub­lic­ity events you do. I have been pro­posed to once – by a girl – that’s kind of the mad­dest one.

There was in­tense me­dia spec­u­la­tion about Matt Smith and you tak­ing the show in a new di­rec­tion, as the youngest Doc­tor and com­pan­ion.

The pres­sure is kind of al­ways there, be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of the show, but I never chose to in­dulge in that – I just wanted to play this role well and not make it all weird be­cause it’s Doc­tor Who.

Are you ex­cited about the sto­ry­line in­volv­ing Amy’s re­la­tion­ship with fi­ancé Rory, and the Doc­tor hav­ing a mar­ried com­pan­ion?

I can’t wait to see where this goes, be­cause it is go­ing to be re­ally in­ter­est­ing hav­ing a mar­ried cou­ple in the Tardis. See­ing how the Doc­tor re­acts to that is go­ing to be fun, be­cause he’s not so fa­mil­iar with that as­pect of hu­man emo­tions.

Who’s your favourite en­emy of the Time Lord?

The Weep­ing An­gels (scary crea­tures that look like stone an­gel

And the first time we met prop­erly was on the read-through for the first episode of the se­ries. It was weird meet­ing my cousin for the first time that way. I had rec­om­mended her for the part, be­cause I knew from pho­tos that she looked re­ally sim­i­lar to me.

Have you gone onto the in­ter­net and seen some­thing un­true about your­self ?

I googled my­self when I got the role, be­cause I was in­trigued, and then I got scared and closed the in­ter­net – and I haven’t gone back. It’s weird, be­cause peo­ple for m such strong opin­ions, and I just don’t think it’s healthy to be read­ing all that stuff.

Pub­lished by ar­range­ment with tvplus mag­a­zine, now on sale. sculp­tures. They move su­per fast when peo­ple blink and take their eyes off them and send their vic­tims into the past with no way of re­turn­ing).

They are such a bril­liant cre­ation, be­cause you don’t want to look at the thing that’s scar­ing you, but that’s what you have to do to sur­vive against them. You have to stare at them to stop them.

Your real-life cousin, Caitlin Black­wood, plays the younger ver­sion of Amy. Is it true you met for the first time on set?

Yes, it’s true. She grew up in Ire­land. I have many, many cousins. I knew Caitlin, but hadn’t met her face-to-face.

PANIC MOON: Karen Gil­lan as Amy Pond, The Doc­tor’s new­est com­pan­ion in the lat­est se­ries of the long-run­ning sci-fi show

TRAV­ELLERS: Matt Smith as the Doc­tor and Karen Gillian as Amy.

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