Doctor Who star Karen Gillan on leaving behind her “life-consuming” role as Amy Pond

As fans of Doctor Who will doubtless know, Karen Gillan is saying goodbye to the show and her role as the Doctor’s sidekick, Amy Pond.

While speaking to Collider about her departure from the long running drama, Karen said, ”We have so much fun. It’s so life-consuming, but in the most wonderful way.

“We film pretty much every day, for nine months of the year, so it’s basically your life.

“And when you’re not filming it, you’re promoting it and talking about it, so it really does take over your life.

“It’s going to be quite shocking. It will be a strange shock to the system, to not be doing it anymore.’

”[But] if I do something, I want to just do it. I just feel that it’s a stronger impact, and I like to go with my instincts because it’s more exciting…”

However, Karen went on to say that she’s looking forward to tackling new projects.

She said, ”I’ll remember working with my friends, getting the best writing there is out there in Britain, at the moment, and also just playing such a strong female.

”That’s one thing I hope I continue to get to do. A lot of stuff is clearly written from a male perspective and the women aren’t quite as fleshed out as the guys…

“Whereas this character [Amy] is really well-written. I just hope I get to do more of that.”

As was reported last year – around the same time as it was revealed she was leaving Doctor Who – Karen has been working on a new film entitled Not Another Happy Ending, alongside eEdinburgh actor Emun Elliott, who’s appeared in Game of Thrones, Black Death and Paradox.

In August of last year, John McKay, who’s directing the comedy film, told Screen Daily, “We have two of the newest, hottest, sexiest pair of lead actors out of Scotland…

“Just right for the kind of quirky, romantic indie movie Not Another Happy Ending is set to be.”

It’s expected that the film will be released later this year.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.