On Friday 29th May 2009, the BBC announced that the fifth seriesâ€™ companion will unfortunately not be Hannah Murray from Skins fame.
Instead, itâ€™s the rather surprising choice of relative unknown, and I hate to say that because itâ€™s such a horrible term, Karen Gillan.
Some official snippets:
â€œGillan said: "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion.
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 â€“ I just can’t wait to get started!"
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.""
What that article doesnâ€™t say is that Karen has actually appeared in Doctor Who previouslyâ€¦. in series 4, no less. Donâ€™t feel bad if you canâ€™t remember her thoughâ€¦ she appeared in â€œThe Fires of Pompeiiâ€ (good episode, check my review ^_^) as one of the Sybilline Sisterhood. A lot of makeup, and heavy headwear.
She looks perfect. Not what I expected, and yet thereâ€™s something just quirky enough about how she looks to belong in Doctor Who.
Itâ€™s just another indication of how confident the BBC are in Doctor Who as a property and Steven Moffat as a programme producer. The emphasis here is on ability, not star names. I refuse to believe that Moffat would be casting these younger actors if he didnâ€™t believe they were up to the job! Heâ€™s a self professed fan of the show. With some of the most critically acclaimed episodes of nuWho under his already ample belt.
All eyes are looking to him and fellow Producer Piers Wenger to keep the show going without RTD. Iâ€™m feeling most especially confident they will do more than just fine.
The only thing I want now is to see Eleven in costume. Câ€™mon cream coloured short style detective anorak coatâ€¦