Karen Gillan on the “excitement” at Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson Doctor Who casting

Karen Gillan is one of the most popular companions of the modern era of Doctor Who, having travelled with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor.

And although it’s been many years since she’s appeared in the show, it goes without saying that she will be asked about all things Who whenever there’s an opportunity – so it’ no wonder that we today hear about her “excitement” at the casting of Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa and former Corrie actress Millie Gibson for season 14 of the sci-fi series.

“My first reaction to both of them being cast was excitement,” she told Radio Times.

Added Gillan: “I sort of feel like they’re going to inject a whole new lease of life – like it really got my attention. When I saw both of them, I was like, ‘OK, I’m ready to jump into this now.'”

Gillan continued: “And it’s just exciting, and it’s new, and he’s clearly brilliant because I’ve seen him in other things. So I think it’s a really good piece of casting.”

Karen Gillan first appeared on Doctor Who in 2010. Taking on the role of Amy Pond, the spirited and loyal companion to the Eleventh Doctor portrayed by Matt Smith, Gillan quickly became a fan favourite. Her character’s witty banter, courage, and emotional depth provided a captivating dynamic that contributed significantly to the success of the series during its fifth to seventh seasons.

When asked recently about a potential return to the show for a 60th annivesrary special appearance, Gillan replied: “Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know!”

Doctor Who returns for three special episodes in November starring David Tennant and will be followed at Christmas by the first full episode of the Ncuti Gatwa tenure in the TARDIS as the Fifteenth.

The episodes in 2023 will be the first as part of a new deal between the BBCa and Disney to make Disney+ the global streaming home of Doctor Who outside the UK.