21 year old little-known actress Karen Gillan has won the role of the next assistant in Doctor Who.
Gillan will star alongside new Time Lord Matt Smith in the new series, to be broadcast in the UK next year. She impressed executive producer Steven Moffat at her audition despite only having had smaller roles in Channel 4’s Stacked, The Kevin Bishop Show, Rebus and James Nesbitt’s forthcoming film Outcast. She also had a part in the Who episode The Fires Of Pompeii.
“I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion. – I just can’t wait to get started,” she said.
“The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.
“Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him,” she added.
Moffat said they saw some “amazing actresses” but when Gillan “walked through the door the game was up”.
He described her as “funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it”.