Karen Gillan wants to redo her 'Doctor Who' performance because she was 'a wee child'

Tom Beasley
Contributor
Karen Gillan in 2010 'Doctor Who' episode 'The Eleventh Hour'. (Credit: BBC)

Karen Gillan would love to revisit her early work as Amy Pond in Doctor Who because she was only a “wee child” when she first took on the role.

Gillan was cast as the companion for Matt Smith’s Doctor in May 2009 at the age of 21 and made her first appearance in fifth series opener The Eleventh Hour in 2010.

But the star has now told Fandom she would love the opportunity to go back and do those early episodes again with the aid of another decade of acting experience.

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She said: “I’d go back to the first half of the first series that I did and just redo that acting. I know a lot more about acting now. I was a wee child.”

Gillan would go on to portray Amy until the show’s seventh series, departing along with on-screen husband Rory (Arthur Darvill) in 2012 episode The Angels Take Manhattan.

Karen Gillan attends the photocall of "Jumanji: The Next Level" on December 03, 2019. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

In the Fandom interview, Gillan also revealed she doesn’t think the BBC will ever let Doctor Who make the move to the big screen.

She said: “The BBC aren’t gonna let that happen — no way. They’re like ‘this is our flagship show, no’.”

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The actor is currently promoting her role in adventure sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, in which she portrays video game avatar Ruby Roundhouse, embodied by shy high-schooler Martha.

In the new film, Martha leads the returning group of friends as they try to rescue Spencer (Alex Wolff) from the game, which has morphed into something even more dangerous than it was the first time they had to play.

Gillan also recently released her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, which tackled the thorny issue of mental health and suicide in the Scottish Highlands.

Jumanji: The Next Level is in UK cinemas today and Doctor Who returns to the BBC on New Year’s Day.