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Karen Gillan named as new Dr Who assistant

Karen Gillan

Story by Jack Foley

EMERGING British actress Karen Gillan is to become the next assistant of Doctor Who in the BBC’s forthcoming new series.

The 21-year-old has been quietly making a name for herself with eye-catching performances in 2008 series The Fires of Pompeii and Channel 4’s The Kevin Bishop Show.

Her casting was announced on Friday, when Gillan spoke of being “over the moon” as being chosen to play the time lord’s new companion.

“I just can’t wait to get started,” she said. “The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.”

Gillan will appear alongside new Doctor Who Matt Smith, who replaces David Tennant in the iconic role.

Commenting on her co-star, the actress added: “Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it’s going to be so much fun to act alongside him.”

Doctor Who writer and producer Steven Moffat described Gillan as “funny, clever… gorgeous and sexy” and predicated that “a generation of little girls will want to be her”.

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