Saturday 30 May 2009

New Doctor Who companion named

…and once again, I am not disappointed.

Karen Gillan

Well the news is out and the new Doctor Who companion was announced yesterday.  Karen Gillan, a 21-year-old actress from Inverness in Scotland, will be the new companion to Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor and she’ll appear on our screen in Spring 2010.

This is the best news that I’ve had since we found out in January that Matt Smith is going to be the 11th Doctor.  The initial reason for my excitement is that the new companion is not Michelle Ryan, Lily Allen, Kelly Brook or Georgia Moffet and not all of my reasoning was, well, reasonable. 

I really disliked the character that Michelle Ryan played in the Easter special Planet of the Dead.  In today’s economic climate and atmosphere of MPs claiming expenses because they feel they aren’t being paid enough, I really couldn’t stomach the idea of a poor little rich girl who thieves because she is bored.  Then again, the entire Easter special was so underwhelming that I completely neglected to write a review of it and honestly don’t intend to.

Lily Allen is not really my cup of tea as a performer but I take issue with her drug taking and her publicly stating that taking drugs is okay.  It is not okay Miss Allen and drugs like cocaine ruin lives and communities.  Maybe one day you can sit down and think about why you’re not the right kind of role model for a Doctor Who companion.

Kelly Brook just can’t really act.  I’m sorry, that’s mean, but I’m glad it wasn’t her. 

And, um, my reasoning behind not wanting to see Georgia Moffet as the companion is completely unreasonable.  I’m just jealous that she is David Tennant’s girlfriend.  I’m sorry if that’s pathetic but it is honest.

The new companion

What do we know about Karen Gillan then?  Not much really.  Having acted in theatre groups and at school, Karen decided to take acting seriously and at the age of 16 she applied to the Italia Conti academy in London (Italia Conti is Britain’s oldest theatre training arts school). 

She appeared in single episodes of Rebus, Harley Street and Coming Up and appeared in several episodes of The Kevin Bishop Show. 


Last year, we saw her in the Doctor Who episode Fires of Pompeii as the Soothsayer.  I had actually heard rumours that the Soothsayer was considered for the role, now that I think about it. 

Not knowing much else about her, my general feeling is that I am glad that she is a virtual unknown.  She’ll be able to mould this role into her own and I think that she and Matt will like a much needed breath of fresh air to the show.  Here’s hoping anyway… I don’t think I could get any much more disenchanted and uninspired than I have been lately.  This is meant to be my lifelong favourite show after all.



  1. I love Doctor Who. It is almost the only show I look for these days. The new girl looks cute, love redheads (my sister is one). I'm looking forward to this new season more than any other show on TV.

  2. @ Laura: I'm really looking froward to it but I really hope that they give Tennant a proper sending off. The Easter special was abominable.

    Did you know David Tennant will be in Sarah Jane Adventures tomorrow and Friday?

  3. I'd love to see a "retrospective" review of how you think Amy's character has developed since she joined the show.

    I think she's great. And it's interesting to note that Amy has been the longest running companion since DW returned in 2005. Before Series 5, we either had a new Doctor or a new companion every year. Although Series 6 got a bit bogged down in the story arc (in my view anyway) one of the best things about it was Amy and Rory being fully-fledged companions, instead of flinging them aside and introducing a new companion.

    You might have a few more articles to write, then ;)

    1. I think that kind of analysis would require a greater one - an analysis of all of the current-era companions. Not out of the question but definitely not happening any time soon!


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