Published on April 17th, 2014 | by Alex Skerratt
Karen Gillan: Christmas Return was “Surreal”
The Doctor has often been known to hallucinate towards the end of his life; Tom Baker had visions of K9, Peter Davison saw Adric, and I like to think Colin Baker caught a glimpse of Frobisher before breathing his last.
Therefore, in-keeping with Time Lord tradition, it was only fitting that the Eleventh Doctor should come face to face with one of his most faithful companions – Amy Pond – before his swift regeneration into Peter Capaldi. And now Karen Gillan, who played the Pond in question, has spoken out about what it was like to return…
“It was such a surreal experience, because those were three very important years of my life on that TV show, and then to go back and be on someone else’s TARDIS was a really weird sensation. sort of… on the outside looking in. But also knowing that life is okay after you leave Doctor Who. It was just a really interesting experience and important to me that I was there for Matt’s final moments in character.”
Apparently, though, the experience was quite an emotional one…
“Everyone was crying! Everyone! Me and Jenna [Coleman, who plays current companion Clara Oswald] were hugging. Oh my God!”
So that’s Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and (presumably) Steven Moffat all in the same room at the same time, crying.
It’s a wonder the universe didn’t implode!