Saturday, September 15, 2012

Doctor Who - The Guardian: Karen Gillan & Arthur Darvill Interview

Source: The Guardian [follow link for complete interview]


THE GUARDIAN (UK): Doctor Who: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill on life with the timelord

The actors who play Amy Pond and Rory Williams are shortly to wave goodbye to Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, the Daleks et al. But first they materialise in the Guardian office to nick some CDs

by Julia Raeside
Friday 14 September 2012

.... It was April 2010 when the Doctor first crash-landed his Tardis in Amelia Pond's back garden but it seems like longer ago, probably because so much has been packed into the two-and-a-half years since (and also because time has no meaning in Steven Moffat's infuriatingly fluid universe). Amy (her grown-up name) is mysteriously without parents, utterly self-sufficient and ready for adventure. She is also impossibly foxy and totally unafraid. Rory, meanwhile, has his work cut out to prove himself more than a timid fiance who lives in the shadow of her obsession with the Doctor. They will soon be leaving in "heartbreaking circumstances" after one final encounter with evil, time-sucking effigies the Weeping Angels. When they finally go, both say they'll be gone for good.

Since the show's reboot in 2005, the Doctor has had three other permanent companions, played by Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate. But none have quite caught the public attention like Amy and Rory. Amy's not in love with the Doctor, unlike Rose (Piper) or Martha (Agyeman), which means she can get on with the important business of running down spaceship corridors in Doc Martens, casting glib one-liners over her shoulder. Rory's not just along for the ride, either.


Amy did make one attempt at seducing the Doctor, but Karen insists their relationship was "more a deep connection with someone from childhood. Someone that you look up to so much and have obsessed about, so it's more than just fancying him."

Arthur says this actually made it harder for Rory, because the other man wasn't just a bit of a looker. "How do you compete with that?" he asks. "But I think Rory did compete. And he won."

"Won?" Karen gasps. "It's not a competition."

There's smirking: "Yeah, just for the sake of argument, he did..."


Doctor Who season seven airs Saturday at 9/8C on BBC America (in the US).

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