Interview: Karen Gillan
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It’s Karen Gillan’s last series as Amy Pond. Having travelled through space and time for three years, she is about to hang up her TARDIS key. Here she gives us a glimpse at what is to come in her final episodes, as well as some thoughts on her departure. “It was AMAZING! We have totally made them scary again. I expect everyone to be watching from behind their sofas, I know I will...” Karen is talking excitedly about the return of the Doctor’s most fearsome and famous enemy: the Daleks. The opener to series seven, Asylum Of The Daleks, featured the most Daleks ever to be seen on screen from the different decades, including a special appearance form Russell T Davies’ Dalek. “I am so pleased that he now owns an official Dalek; it was a real honour to act opposite him and I think he is going to go far!” Karen says. She continues: “I think my favourite is the 1960s Dalek with the white and blue armour. “There is something more menacing about them as they are smaller and they just look so original. If I was going to own one, it would be one of those. I would keep it in my kitchen. “This series has been done in really interesting way with five stand alone epic episodes, like a movie a week, all building to the departure of the Ponds! “We actually kick-off the series with Amy and Rory’s relationship in a sticky situation; it is less than marital bliss. Karen continues: “Those scenes were really interesting to do, because they created such a different on-screen atmosphere between Amy and Rory, something that the viewers wouldn’t have seen before. “That is the good thing about Doctor Who; it gives you the chance to shift the character, and you never know what is going to happen from episode to episode.” But it isn’t all upset for the Ponds, as the adventures continue in episode two with Dinosaurs On A Spaceship. “That was a crazy filming adventure,” exclaims Karen, “with all the adventures that I have been on through-out the show that was perhaps the most surreal! There was a lot of running from things we couldn’t see, which is always fun, BUT a couple of the cast got to ride a dinosaur. “And Mark Williams comes along for the ride as Rory’s dad Brian Williams, He was so fantastic, naturally funny and such great casting, you could totally imagine Rory having a dad like that. “This series has some great guest stars, characters and of course monsters.”
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