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Published on November 2nd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Karen the Witch

Karen Gillan is enjoying her new found success by being headhunted to play roles by popular writers. The latest role she’s being eyed up for is as Scotland’s most notorious witch.

The story, written by David Ness, will tell a contemporary tale using elements of a tale about a woman named Gowdie who was tried for witchcraft in 1662. The confession she gave provided a detailed insight into European folklore concerning witchcraft.

The piece is one that lies close to the heart of Ness, as he explained:

“I live close to where the events of 1662 took place and have been fascinated with the story of Gowdie for years.  It’s one of these legendary stories that has persisted through the years…many of the modern witchcraft clichés can be traced back to Isobel Gowdie, including broomsticks and covens.  And the influence of her confessions can be seen in many places, from Sir Walter Scott through the Burns’ Tam O’Shanter.”

This sounds like it could be the basis for a Doctor Who tale itself and should be perfect for Karen to sink her teeth into. At the moment nothing has been confirmed concerning her involvement in the film but we’ll update you as soon as we hear more!

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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