Karen Gillan has revealed she’ll “never stop being grateful” to Doctor Who and the impact it’s had on her career.
The actress bowed out of her acclaimed role as the Doctor’s companion Amy Pond last series and told the Scotsman that it continues to be a big part of her everyday life. “Even now, when I go in for a meeting, people pretend they don’t watch the show,” she explained. “Then I see they’ve got a TARDIS mug or something! But I loved being on Doctor Who. I think it’s cool and it always helps to break the ice.”
And the star admitted that being part of the franchise was worth the grueling hours that came with the coveted role. She said: “We filmed in Cardiff for nine months of the year and each night you’d have about an hour to yourself before having to learn the lines for the next day. But it’s changed my life and made me so confident – if I am able to handle myself now, it is down to my Doctor Who experiences. I will always be grateful to Amy.”
Karen’s debut film, Not Another Happy Ending, is released in cinemas on 11th October.
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Karen Gillan has revealed how she’ll be tuning in for the big 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who and, rather fittingly, her plans include Jammie Dodgers!
The actress, who left her role as Amy Pond last year, will be tuning in from America she told Radio Times. “I’ll round up all of the people who like Doctor Who in the area,” she said. “We’ll watch it and drink PG Tips and eat Jammie Dodgers!”
She also clarified that she won’t be in the episode herself.
She affirmed: “I’m not in it – just to put it out there!” Her first major film, Not Another Happy Ending, is released in cinemas from 11th October. Click HERE for ticket details.
The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast live on TV and in cinemas in over 70 countries.
Karen Gillan has revealed that she “learned so much” during her time playing Amy Pond.
In a new interview with Herald Scotland, the star reflected on her time as the Doctor’s companion, describing it as “the best way” to have spent the last 3 years. “Since I was 21 I was working on it,” she explained. “So I feel like it was the 3 years of drama school I dropped out of and now all of that is coming into play.” She plays the lead in the new film Not Another Happy Ending which premieres this month.
As she looks ahead to her release of her debut movie and other upcoming projects such as Oculus and Guardians of the Galaxy, she admitted she still feels confident she left the TARDIS at the right time. “I went with my gut instinct,” she added. “Regrets are silly anyway. But I actually miss the Daleks – I keep expecting one to be around the corner!”
The first trailer for Karen Gillan’s debut film is now online.
In Not Another Happy Ending the Amy Pond actress stars as eccentric writer Jane Lockhart who suffers a serious bout of writers block – when she becomes too happy. Her struggling publisher sets out on a mission to unblock her but the worse he makes her feel, the more he falls in love with her…
The event begins on the day at 7pm, with an added ‘best dressed’ prize at every cinema for the fan sporting the most impressive Time Lord inspired costume – the episodes will hit big screens in HD for what will be the Doctor’s first ever multiple cinema screening.
“We’re building on the concept of ‘event television’ by creating simultaneous Doctor Who experiences on big screens in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.” commented BBC Australasia’s Sharon Wilson. “It’s an opportunity for fans to enjoy the programmes and participate in the whole experience in a way that they’ve not been able to before…”
To view a list of all the participating cinemas and to book your tickets ($20), click here.
Later this year the 50th anniversary’s special 3D adventure will be screened in cinemas.
Once again, Matt Smith is up for Best Drama Performance: Male for his performance as the Eleventh Doctor. Karen’s portrayal of Amy Pond has landed the actress a nomination for the Best Drama Performance: Female award. Meanwhile, Doctor Who is shortlisted for Best Drama. Vote here now – voting closes at midday on 23rd January 2013.
The National Television Awards 2013 air on ITV1 on 23rd January at 7:30pm.
Last year Matt and Karen did us proud in their respective Best Performance categories.
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