Karen's happy with Pond life; On the set of Doctor Who, Karen Gillan drops dark hints about momentous events ahead in the new series. Sarah Morgan reports.
IT'S NOT every day a six-foot woman painted green and wearing a pair of slippers wanders past you. But then it's not every day you're invited to the Doctor Who set, where such things happen twice a minute.
The green woman is actually model and actress Lily Cole, but we're not allowed to talk to her - it's her first day of filming, and nobody wants to disturb the concentration of somebody who's playing a potentially deadly siren.
Instead, we're here to speak to Karen Gillan, another exceedingly tall beauty who seems to have the power to make grown men go weak at the knees.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated new series starting on BBC One, we've heard that her character Amy Pond's husband Rory now wears the trousers in their relationship since the pair got hitched. But Karen's having none of it.
"Absolutely not!" she shouts, with a look on her face that would stop a Dalek in its tracks. "That's not true, no. The thing is, Amy just lets him think he is!" When we meet, the team are filming the third episode of the series, the piratethemed The Curse Of The Black Spot. Other cast members, including Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, have wafted past with black spots painted on the palms of their hands, but none of them seem willing to explain their significance.
Karen isn't keen to give away many secrets either, although she does admit that this episode has been her favourite so far because of her costume and the fact she gets to do some sword fighting.
It's clear she's fond of her character and is keen to show she's more than just an action hero.
"With the last series, I wanted to keep her guarded. She doesn't like to show her emotions because she wants to be strong.
"But in this series, there are cracks starting to form in that exterior and we're starting to see other aspects of her.
"Actually, in one episode we've just filmed, it was really difficult because it was about something I've never experienced before," she adds, cryptically.
"I didn't feel as if I could relate to it because it's never happened to me.
"I had to go and talk to quite a few people so I could gauge how that would feel. It was a massive thing that happens, and I can't tell you what that was!" She teases: "There are going to be a lot of revelations. There's one huge one that will change everything.
"Steven Moffat (the executive producer) went around everybody and only told them the bits they needed to know, and we're not allowed to discuss it with each other."
What she is willing to discuss, however, is how much fun it is to be part of the show. "It just gets better and better all the time because you've got more invested in it. And it's always developing and evolving. So it doesn't get boring because you're doing a different thing every week."
She will be doing some more time travelling to play legendary model Jean Shrimpton in forthcoming BBC Four drama We'll Take Manhattan, which focuses on The Shrimp's relationship with photographer David Bailey.
"I can't wait," admits Karen. "I'm already well into my research now and I just love that period. When that script came along I was like, 'This is perfect for the first thing that I do after I finish Doctor Who.' "So this'll be my first venture outside Doctor Who, scaring me slightly but I'm just so looking forward to it. I just find it such an interesting, fascinating period."
But it's back to the Tardis for the time being, and she has a few final hints.
"The thing about this series is it's much more ambitious than the previous one, just in terms of the scale of it.
"We're opening with a two-parter, which we've never done before, and we're off to the States, and then we're straight into a pirate story, which is a huge production.
"All the elements came together. Oh yeah, and the monsters are the scariest ever!"? Doctor Who, BBC One, today, 6pm GUNS 'N' POSES: Karen as Amy, right, on set for the latest series of Doctor Who with River Song (Alex Kingston), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and The Doctor (Matt Smith)
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Apr 23, 2011|
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