Via the Telegraph.co.uk:
Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, the assistant to Matt Smith’s Doctor Who, has reassuring news for his fans. The actor isn’t about to decamp to Los Angeles.
“Matt will be sticking around,” she told me at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park Polo Club yesterday. “I think those rumours were made up.”
Karen, left, added that she and Smith have started filming the Doctor Who Christmas special, and adds that the atmosphere on the set is “great.”
It looks like the recent rumor surrounding Smith’s departure from the leading role of Doctor Who can be safely put to bed. Gillan and Smith have been seen interviewing each other in promotional videos and seem to get along quite well, in much the way that Piper and Tennant were intended to gel. I’m happy to hear that we have not seen the end of the most genuinely eccentric actor to have taken the part in over decades.
Doctor Who as a series has also been digging itself out of Russell T Davies’ shadow in the past year, starting with a couple of what seemed to be self-conscious outings. The season opener, Eleventh Hour, for instance, could have easily been mounted with Tennant and Davies. I look forward to next year’s new scripts and a steady increase in risk taking as Moffat has proven his value to the program during his first outing a ‘ship captain’ on the BBC’s top program.
In related news, attendees of this year’s San Diego International Comic-Con will get a chance to see the series 5 finale. A special US premiere screening will be given on Thursday July 22nd at 8 PM.