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New Doctor Who gets a new assistant (just as young)

29/05/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The BBC has told SFcrowsnest that the companion for the next series of Doctor Who is to be actress Karen Gillan. She first appeared in Who in the Soothsayer episode in Ancient Rome when she was rescued from the fires of Pompeii.

Twenty-one-year-old Gillan, who has appeared in TV series such as The Kevin Bishop Show, will star alongside new Time Lord, Matt Smith, when the drama returns to BBC One in spring 2010.

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With filming due to begin this summer, Gillan beat off dozens of hopefuls to land one of television's most coveted roles.

Gillan told the Nest, "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it. Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him I just can't wait to get started!"

Head of Drama for BBC Wales, Piers Wenger, said, "We knew Karen was perfect for the role the moment we saw her. She brought an energy and excitement to the part that was just fantastic. And when she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special. It is a partnership that is ready to take on the universe!"

Writer Steven Moffat, added, "We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up. Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too."

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