Karen Gillan (Doctor Who's Amy Pond)
With Doctor Who Series 7 just
about to be released on Blu-ray & DVD, Impulse Gamer were given a sneak peak
into the life of Karen Gillan who played the delightful Amy Pond in Doctor Who.
From Daleks to Dinosaurs, series 7 definitely took Doctor Who to a new level.
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 episodes 1 to 3 from Daleks to Dinosaurs and 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 7, Asylum of the Daleks, will feature the
most Daleks ever to be seen on screen and from the different decades, including
a special appearance from 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! she says rather cheekily.
I think my favourite is the
1960s Dalek with the white and blue armour, she
continues, 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, Karen concludes, I would keep it in my kitchen.
This series has been done in
a really interesting way with five standalone 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. Those scenes were really interesting to do,
she explains, 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, written by Chris Chibnall. That was a crazy filming adventure,
exclaims Karen, with all the adventures that I have been on throughout 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
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, she teases.
Guest stars making their Doctor
Who debut are James Bond Baddy, Steven Berkoff, Jemma Redgrave and Ben Browder.
Alex Kingston as River Song makes her return in episode 5, just in time to say
goodbye to Amy.
While the majority of the
filming was done in the home of Doctor Who, Cardiff, the cast and crew found
themselves in the perfect spaghetti western location of Almeria, Spain, giving
Toby Whithouse’s episode 3, A Town Called Mercy, a truly authentic
So much fun,
claims Karen, using a location that had actually been the set for other
westerns made everything feel so much, well, realer. In the episode Amy
Pond gets her hand on a gun, something Karen agrees that she really shouldn’t be
let anywhere near. Definitely, Amy Pond should be nowhere near a gun,
exclaims Karen. I remember for a previous episode I had to fire a gun with
blanks, followed quickly by Rory shouting ARGHHH as though I had hit him. I
completely forgot this when action was called, so when I fired and he shouted I
really thought I had shot him! It was awful! In this episode when she gets
hold of a gun you can see the fear on the faces of the other characters, but
they weren’t acting, I genuinely think all of the actors including Matt and
Arthur were in fear for their lives!
Featuring an alien with a score
to settle A Town Called Mercy also reveals a different side to the Doctor
as Amy claims, So this is what happens when you travel alone. In the
series we see a slight shift in the Ponds’ relationship with the Doctor, Just
as any relationship changes when it matures, explains Karen. We get to
see a glimpse of what Amy and Rory do when the Doctor isn’t around and how the
adventures and time away from home has affected their own relationships with
friends and family. I think the Doctor also begins to realise how he has
changed Amy and what happens when he isn’t there, and at first he doesn’t really
understand it. There is a really sweet moment in episode 5 when the Doctor
notices Amy is wearing glasses, she hints.
Following the Western the series
takes us to Amy and Rory’s house and a deadly outbreak, before heading to the
final episode of the Ponds, shot in New York and with the return of the Weeping
The never ending pranks and
my two best friends, Karen is talking about what
she is going to miss as she takes her bow from the show, Matt used to hide in
the cupboard of my trailer and jump out of it at me and I used to go flying back
against the wall in absolute shock! He must have done it like a hundred times
and I fell for it every single time! But honestly even with the bruises,
it really was the biggest and most exciting time of my life. I wouldn’t change
it for the world!
I always knew that Steven had
an ending for Amy Pond and when I met with him a year or so ago it was kind of
like, so what are the plans for the character and we both said that she should
go at this point. It was such a fantastic mutual decision and completely the
right time for Amy to leave. I will miss her, but I can’t wait for fans to see
Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 Available on the 14th
of November on Blu-ray & DVD