Karen on Twists & Pranks

Karen Gillan has joined Matt Smith in the practice of sharing memories from and teasing the next seven episodes of Doctor Who with the BBC Press Office.

For instance, it can be inferred from the following anecdote that the much-hyped chasm-dangling conclusion of A Good Man Goes to War may come as a surprise even to some of the production crew:

“The ending of this first set of episodes has been hidden from everyone!  Even I got given a dummy ending to episode seven and it was only at the read-through that Steven Moffat took me, Matt and Arthur [Darvill] into the corridor to read the proper version on his laptop.  We then all paced around going, ‘oh my God!’  It’s brilliant and viewers will just have to tune in to find out more.  It certainly provides a fantastic cliff-hanger to see us through until the autumn.”

She also repeated the usual praise that’s come from many of the cast regarding the Silence, the new monster for The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, mentioning again that they threaten to knock the Weeping Angels off their throne of Scariest New Series Monster, and adding:

“The concept behind them is ingenious because it feels like they are undefeatable, and this series also sees the return of some of the Doctor’s oldest foes, but with an interesting twist…”

Non-spoilerphobic K readers have been aware of the identity of at least one of said longtime enemies for a while now, but it’ll be interesting to see the context of this reappearance with a “twist.”

Karen has also laughingly related the shenanigans that take place on the set of our favourite show.  Karen, I’d keep an eye on that Matt character if I were you – from what you’re saying, he sounds like a bit of a creeper:

“Matt has also taken to hiding in my trailer and I’ll go in, humming to myself, and then he’ll just jump out at me and shout.  The first time he did it was hilarious because he scared me so much that I fell backwards against the wall and slid down it!  He also has an annoying habit of filming me when I fall asleep, while in make-up in the mornings, and it’s a hideous sight – I’m not going to lie!  Arthur eggs him on and the pair of them gang up but don’t worry, I give as good as I get.  Although it’s brilliant when Alex Kingston is around because she knows how to handle them!”

Karen has also talked of her new-found love for sword-fighting and surviving the extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) in the Utah desert.

Doctor Who returns this Easter weekend with The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon on BBC One and BBC One HD – oh and BBC America too!

Patrick Riley


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