Karen Gillan: ‘I cried filming my ‘Doctor Who’ exit’

Actress will bow out as Time Lord's companion Amy Pond later this evening (September 29)

Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan has admitted that she cried filming her final scenes as Amy Pond.

In tonight’s episode ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ (September 29), Pond and her on-screen husband Rory Williams, played by Arthur Darvill, will say goodbye to the show after traveling on-and-off with Matt Smith’s Doctor since the actor took on the role of the Time Lord in 2010.

With the show’s head writer Steven Moffatt previously promising a “fitting end” for the much-loved companions, Gillan told the Mirror: “Everything was already bubbling under the surface. So in my final scene it is not even acting, it is real because I knew I had to leave in real life and I had to leave Matt and Arthur.

“I was emotional for about two weeks filming the episode and I was crying at everything. Things that weren’t even sad, anything would set me off.

“I just can’t believe it’s real. I have just always thought in my head I am in the show until the final episode airs, so I thought I had loads of time,” she continued. “It was hard to film at points because I was getting nostalgic.”

Gillan did say she was pleased with her characters’ farewell scenes, however, teasing: “I kept thinking, ‘This is the last time I will do this or that’. But I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go, it is so good. All I wanted was for her to go out in flames of burning glory. I definitely think she does that.”

A new companion for the Doctor, played by former Emmerdale actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, will be introduced in this year’s Christmas special. Season seven of Doctor Who premiered earlier this month (September 1), with 6.4 million viewers tuning in to watch the first episode.