Who’s that girl?

Friday, May 29, 2009 by

C’mon. Let’s not dodge the obvious headline here. Karen Gillan is the new Doctor Who companion.

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

She’ll debut in that role next year, when Matt Smith takes over as the Doctor. Gillan previously appeared in the series in last year’s ‘The Fires of Pompeii’. Click to read how her local paper reported that story.

And here’s how the BBC announced today’s casting news to the press…

The BBC today revealed that the companion for the forthcoming series of Doctor Who will be Karen Gillan.

Twenty-one-year-old Gillan will star alongside new Time Lord, Matt Smith, when the smash hit drama returns to BBC One in spring 2010.

With filming due to begin this summer, Gillan beat off dozens of hopefuls to land one of television’s most coveted roles.

Gillan said: “I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.

“Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him – I just can’t wait to get started!”

Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, added: “We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up. Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too.”

Executive Producer and Head of Drama BBC Wales, Piers Wenger, said: “We knew Karen was perfect for the role the moment we saw her. She brought an energy and excitement to the part that was just fantastic. And when she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special. It is a partnership that is ready to take on the universe!”

The new series of Doctor Who comes to BBC One, Spring 2010.


2 Responses to “Who’s that girl?”

  1. Glenn Aylett on June 1st, 2009 9:51 pm

    Katy Manning was a similar age when she took up the role of Jo Grant in 1971, yet she went on to be one of the most popular companions ever. I don’t see why companions have to be well known such as Billie Piper( although she was excellent) to succeed. Most of the classic female companions were little known actresses who made the role their own. Karen Gillan could be the new Jo Grant if she plays her cards right.

  2. Gary on June 6th, 2009 3:17 pm

    As long as she straddles a Dalek’s plunger naked like Ms Manning did.