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Karen Gillan: 'I cried filming my last episode of Dr Who'


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Dr Who actress Karen Gillan has revealed she "cried at anything" while shooting her final series of the BBC sci-fi programme.

The Scottish actress will star in her last ever episode of Dr Who this coming Saturday (September 29) and has talked about filming her "emotional" final scenes in an interview with The Independent.

She told the newspaper: "I didn't hold it together for the full two weeks that we were shooting that episode – I was crying at anything – not even sad things. So when it came to shoot the final scenes, everything that's on screen is real!"

Gillan also said she approached Dr Who executive producer Steve Moffat during the filming of her second series in 2010, and told him that she wanted to plan her exit.

She explained: "I honestly wanted to go on my gut instinct with the whole leaving thing, and I just had a rough idea of when would be a good time for me to go cos I wanted to go on a high. I didn't want to stay in it too long and outstay my welcome. And I wanted to take the character as far as possible before it started getting a little tired."

I still want Donna Noble back!

It is so hard for a n00b like me to catch up on all the history! :)

What made her great?

she wasn't a bubbly kid reflexively in awe of the Doctor and didn't hesitate to kick his ass when necessary. She was a real friend, not a sycophant.

Ah, then hopefully the next one will be more like her.

That sounds like the kind of character everyone wants to watch.

Oh absolutely... the companion role is the audience stand in, so the interest is really "who is going to play me?"

Rose Tyler was seeking a father figure.

Martha Jones: Husband.

Donna Noble: escape from a mundane life.

Pond: back to father figure.

I also think Sarah Jane Smith was in the 'escape from a mundane life' category, which is why she is/was still so popular.

Escape from a mundane life IS the audience, so I hope they find another one of those!

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