Amy Pond in Radio Times

The latest edition of the Radio Times heralds the beginning of the end of the current run of Doctor Who – complete with cover and interview with Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan

Doctor Who in the Radio TimesIt’s a great cover too, but more interesting is the interview, set to be quoted across the web by the end of Tuesday, in which Gillan chats about various elements of Doctor Who, the stories, press and public reaction to the new era and her working relationship with Matt Smith:

“We just kind of bounce off each other. The banter that you see on screen – that’s what we’re like all day on set. I sometimes wonder if it’s our way of keeping our energy up between scenes, but it’s all subconscious. And I think we might have been like that if we’d met in any other situation.”

After the success of Billie Piper, only Catherine Tate has really succeeded on making an impact as a companion - which is why Gillan was keen to avoid any formulaic “companion code” when playing Amy Pond. In her opinion, this has worked:

“The one thing I never wanted to do with Amy,” she goes on, “was to base her on any kind of formula, to conform to what works – or what has worked – in a companion; you know, the whole, likeable, girl-next-door business. Amy is likeable, I hope, but she’s not ordinary. She’s quite complicated and there are layers to explore. So I was taking a few risks with her and I think it works.”

Of course, there are a few Amy naysayers out there – but as Karen has already seen (and been in!) the finale, she evidently knows what she’s talking about.

We’ll have to wait and see how things turn out – in the meantime we can just pickup the latest Radio Times, on sale today.


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