Gillan: Saying Goodbye & Stealing Binoculars

So: it’s over. Last Saturday marked the final time that Matt, Karen and Rory appeared together in front of cameras for Doctor Who. Enjoying the Cannes Film Festival Karen Gillan has been chatting about the ‘weird, serene day’ she said goodbye to the TARDIS.

In her first interview since she departed Gillan admitted that she cried buckets as they filmed their last scenes together:

“We don’t film in chronological order so the last shot we filmed was me, Matt and Arthur going into the TARDIS. Then Matt closed the door for the last time and we were in darkness. We hugged and started crying. It was kind of tears of happiness. It was a feeling of ‘look what we’ve done’. It was lovely.”

While she’ll always have the memories Gillan wanted something else as a reminder of her adventures in time and space – although she couldn’t get her hands on any of the key props and costumes before they were assigned to various exhibitions – resulting in an unusual memento, ripped straight from the TARDIS console:

“A pair of binoculars. They look really weird in my house, just sitting there.”

Gillan was in France to publicise her first movie – Not Another Happy Ending – a romantic comedy directed by John McKay (We’ll Take Manhattan) which is set to film in Glasgow this July.

Karen plays Jane Lockhart, a headstrong author of miserable fiction suffering from writer’s block on her second novel. To get her motivated again her publisher Tom Welles embarks on a campaign to get her working again – by making her unhappy.

The film affords Karen the opportunity to spend some time back in her native Scotland.

“I’m looking forward to immersing myself in Glasgow life because I’ve only ever been there for short periods of time. There is this cool, happening movement going on. The art school is amazing. I want to get into that side of Glasgow and the film will show that side of the city. It’s a hub of creativity.”

To read Karen’s thoughts on the future, her time onboard the TARDIS and just what she thinks about being voted Scotland’s (just Scotland?! – Ed) sexiest Woman by FHM head to the Daily Record.


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