Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has nothing but praise for her co-star Matt Smith, who she believes has done something completely incredible with his interpretation of the Time Lord.
Her opinion – while that of a newcomer to the series – should be accepted with some gravity. After all, her mother is a big Doctor Who fan.
“My mother in a massive ‘Whovian’. She loves Doctor Who, so she knows everything.
“But since I joined the show I’ve turned into a complete geek and am really into my sci-fi now.”
So why does Karen feel that a man she describes as “like an annoying older brother – but annoying in a brilliant way” on set has made such a remarkable Doctor?
“”What Matt’s done is something completely incredible”, she said. “He’s completely made the part his own and I think people really are going to fall in love with his Doctor.”
It’s difficult to tell at this stage – all we have are clips, and we’re still outsiders. Yet reading interviews in Doctor Who Magazine and the new SFX, it does seem as though everyone is very happy with the new star – and fans aare likely to warm to him given his alleged reluctance to wear a pirate outfit in favour of the look he developed in 20 minutes.