The BBC have officially announced earlier today that Scottish actress Karen Gillan will join the Eleventh Doctor, portrayed by English actor Matthew Smith, next year as his companion throughout time and space. Karen Gillan has previously appeared in Doctor Who as the Soothsayer in the episode The Fires of Pompeii, written by James Moran, featuring David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.
Karen Gillan, aged Twenty One, will join English actor Matthew Smith, aged Twenty four, this Summer in Cardiff when filming begins for series thirty one of Doctor Who. The BBC haven’t revealed the name of Karen Gillan’s character at this current moment but have unveiled promotional pictures featuring herself and the Tardis.
Karen Gillan had the following to say:
“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.”
Scottish Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat had the following to say:
"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."
New Head of BBC Wales Drama Piers Wenger had the following to say:
"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. It is a partnership that is ready to take on the universe!"
The official BBC Doctor Who site has uploaded an exclusive article regarding Karen Gillan here including an exclusive link to two promotional images of Karen Gillan with the Tardis. Doctor Who series thirty one begins filming in Cardiff this Summer with an expected broadcast date of Spring 2010 on BBC One and presumably BBC HD. Doctor Who Hideout would like to wish Karen Gillan the best of luck with her time spent on Doctor Who and eagerly anticipate her performance alongside Matthew Smith.