Karen Gillan ‘In Denial’ About Leaving Doctor Who

Entering phase one of the grieving process Karen Gillan delayed reading the script of her final Doctor Who episode because she was ‘in denial’ about leaving the show.

Speaking at the launch of the new series Gillan admitted that she ‘didn’t want to make it real’

“The gap between me receiving the script and actually reading it must have been a few weeks. But then eventually I did and it’s a brilliant, emotional episode.”

Having read his script Arthur Darvill found himself in the awkward position of knowing the fate of Amy and Rory before his co-star:

“Karen wouldn’t read the script, which was tricky because I did read it and really wanted to talk to someone about it. But there was this awkward period when I knew what happened and Karen didn’t.”

Sharing his thoughts on their final scenes together, Matt Smith commented:

“That scene’s not even in episode five. It’s going to be in episode four, which made it even more strange. It was lovely but quite sad. All the cast and crew came down to watch. We ended up doing about 20 takes. I felt sorry for Karen and Arthur because they really wanted to finish up and get to the wrap party.”

Undoubtedly the trio have become close during their time together but arguably the thing that will define them the most is show that brought them together – Karen Gillan commented:

“We’re good mates now, so I’m going to miss these guys, and I’ll definitely miss running down corridors away from monsters. Now I’ll have to do TV shows where I’m just talking to people. Boring! Doctor Who has changed my life in so many ways.”

Perhaps she made the wrong decision…?

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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