Doctor Who: New Companion Announced
BBC News reports that Karen Gillan, who had a small part in the 2008 series,
will star alongside new Time Lord Matt Smith in the next series, to be
broadcast next year.
Gillan will appear with Smith when the next series of Dr Who kicks off on in spring 2010. Speculation has had Lily Allen, Gillian Anderson and Michelle Ryan linked to the role, but the BBC has opted for a relatively unknown 21-year-old, Inverness-born actress.
Gillan’s other credits include Channel 4’s The Kevin Bishop Show and Stacked, and she also had a minor role in the most recent series of Doctor Who as a seeress in Season 4’s “The Fires of Pompeii”
She is also appearing in the forthcoming film Outcast starring James Nesbitt.
Filming of the new series will begin this summer, and Gillan said she was “over the moon” at landing the part.
Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up. Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too.”
Executive producer and head of drama BBC Wales Piers Wenger said: “We knew Karen was perfect for the role the moment we saw her. She brought an energy and excitement to the part that was just fantastic. And when she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special.”
David Tennant’s final three appearances as the Doctor will air between this autumn and the end of the year.