Doctor Who: Karen Gillan speaks out about “surreal” Christmas return!

by Anna Howell


Following her brief return to Doctor Who last Christmas, Karen Gillan has spoken out about the “surreal” experience!

Fans of the hit BBC family sci-fi series will know how Gillan played companion Amy Pond alongside 11th Time Lord Matt Smith from 2010 till 2012 when she bowed out of the show.

However, when Matt Smith filmed his final scenes for the Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor, last year, during which he regenerated into 12th Time Lord Peter Capaldi, Gillan was brought back in to reprise the role one last time (well, actually this is Doctor Who where no one definitively ever leaves).

Amy’s appearance in the show came as a hallucination of Smith’s immediately prior to the regeneration. In this hallucination Smith saw an image of young Amelia Pond on board his TARDIS, before a vision of adult Amy approached to say a final goodbye.

And now Gillan has spoken out about the emotional scene to Entertainment Weekly, saying how it felt weird to be back on set!

The actress is quoted by the publication as saying:

“It was such a surreal experience. Because those were three very important years of my life on that TV show and then to go back and be on someone else’s TARDIS was a really weird sensation.

“[I was] sort of… on the outside looking in. But also knowing that life is okay after you leave Doctor Who.

“It was just a really interesting experience and important to me that I was there for Matt’s final moments in character.”

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Gillan, who shaved her head last year for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, went on to say how emotional the scene was to film and that when it was over everyone was in tears, explaining:

“Everyone was crying! Everyone! Me and Jenna [Coleman, who plays current companion Clara Oswald] were hugging. Oh my God,”

Doctor Who is currently filming its 8th series, with Capaldi at the Tardis helm, in Cardiff, and is expected to air on our BBC screens either late this summer, or early autumn.

Watch Gillan’s Christmas Day return in the clip below: