As part of the Doctor Who promotion recently, a rather nice article featured in the Daily Mail (excerpt below with link to the full article!). Along with the article, featured a rather lovely photoshoot featuring Karen and Matt, taken on set. This has been added to the gallery!
…If the casting of Smith as the Time Lord upset all odds, it was an even greater surprise when Inverness-born Gillan, 24, landed the role of his companion.
Apart from ‘girl waiting in bus station’ roles in low-budget Scottish films, she was probably best known for playing an unnamed soothsayer in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who.
Gillan says she quickly became accustomed to the MI6 levels of secrecy that prevail in such a high-profile show.
‘When I arrived at the BBC for my first audition for Amy Pond I wasn’t even allowed to say I was there for Doctor Who. I had to pretend it was for something called Panic Moon, which is an anagram of ‘companion’.
‘For my final audition, I was actually vetted. I was taken into a room to meet the executive producer and the head of publicity.
‘They wanted to know if there were any skeletons in my closet they should know about.
‘The worst part was that I didn’t have any, which made my life feel really boring. I was half tempted to make something up so that I seemed more interesting.’
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