Pond – Not the Girl Next Door

Karen Gillian has hit back at the ‘uproar’ over Amy Ponds sexy fashion sense – saying she never wanted her character to just be ‘the girl next door’.

Doctor Who - Karen Gillan plays companion Amy PondSkirting the issue of her hemline Gillian told the Radio Times that she believes that what Amy wears is typical of any 21-year old.

“I guess there was a bit of an uproar and I really didn’t see that coming. I just don’t get it with the skirts. It’s what any girl on the street is wearing. I mean, Amy’s not a schoolgirl, she’s 21, pretty much the same age as me, and we all wear stuff like this.”

Not conforming to stereotypes, being head strong and wearing short skirts may make her seem like an ideal feminist icon but to Karen, the thought never crossed her mind.

“It’s just never occurred to me that a woman wouldn’t be equal, in any sphere, to a man.

“It’s nothing that has ever come up in my life and nothing I’ve thought about in terms of Amy. She’s just a strong girl, woman, whatever. Oh, let’s just say she’s a strong female.

“And I really like that she gets to drive the plot sometimes and gets her own storylines. She’s not just standing around in awe of the Doctor all the time.”

Gillian also suggested that Amy and the Doctor would never get together because he sees her more as an ‘annoying younger sister’.

You can read the full article on the thoroughly modern Miss Gillan in this weeks Radio Times (19/25th June.)

You can see more of Amy and the Doctor in the penultimate episode; The Pandorica Opens which airs this Saturday at 18:40 simultaneously on BBC1 and BBC HD.

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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