Karen Gillan: ‘I’m relieved to be leaving ‘Doctor Who”

Actress is pleased that she can 'speak freely' about saying goodbye to Amy Pond

Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan has said it’s a “massive relief” that she can now discuss her departure from the television show.

Gillan has portrayed the Time Lord’s assistant, Amy Pond, since 2010 but it was recently revealed that she would be leaving the sci-fi programme during its next series.

According to the Press Association, Gillan told TV chat show host Graham Norton that she was pleased her decision had now been made public and she could speak openly about her departure.

She said:

I have known for ages that I am leaving and it’s such a massive relief that it is out and I can speak freely about it. I’m back next year for a few episodes but it’s not actually confirmed when I go.

Last month, Matt Smith ruled out the possibility of him following in the footsteps of Gillan and co-star Arthur Darvill, who plays Pond’s husband Rory Williams and is also set to leave the show. Smith insisted that he was “very happy” in the role and had no intention of quitting.

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat recently hinted that the show’s 50th anniversary will feature multiple specials. He also rubbished reports that a planned Doctor Who movie will ‘reboot’ the story from its TV origins and start again.