Doctor Who star Karen Gillan

Gillan’s Time of Her Life

Imagine going from a variety of acting jobs and being relatively unknown (not completely, just relatively) to suddenly having the most fun and ambitious job you could ever hope for.

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan

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Now imagine that you have to leave that job and move on to pastures new.

Not easy is it? You’d get the fear of the new, you’d miss work colleagues and your new routine would play havoc with your sleep patterns.

That’s probably a bit of what Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are going through right now as they adjust to life after  Doctor Who, something that must taste like ash in the mouth to say out loud.

But Gillan and Darvill will be leaving with brilliant memories from their time on the show that has seen some of the most audacious and original stories ever attempted by a Doctor Who production team, Gillan even told the official BBC website that her era on the show was ‘literally the best time of my life!’; of course it was! Surrounded by friends, approaching stories that take you through time and space and adored by millions of people all over the planet, it’s no wonder the actress wept so much whilst filming her final scenes.

The time of the Ponds is nearly at an end. We’re all going to miss them deeply, probably more than we thought that we would, they’ve shaped the Eleventh Doctor’s life in a way that not many companions have for past Doctors but at least we know that over the last three years, fun has been had before and behind the camera.

You can read Karen and Arthur’s thoughts on leaving Doctor Who by visiti9ng

The Angels Take Manhattan is on BBC One and BBC HD at 7.20pm and on BBC America at 9/8c this Saturday, 29th September.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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