TV Junkie Interview: The New Doctor Who and his Companion
We've professed our geekery here before many times and perhaps there's nothing more incriminating than admitting a multi-decade appreciation of the venerable BBC series, "Doctor Who", which was, thankfully, capably resurrected by Russell T. Davies in 2005 and is now run by Steven Moffat. Firmly established as the longest-running and most successful science fiction series of all time, follows the adventures of a humanoid, but alien, character called The Doctor who travels across space and time and, with usually human, companions, faces a variety of foes, solves mysteries, and rights wrongs.
The Doctor has the ability to regenerate his body when near death which is how we got the opportunity to interview Matt Smith, the actor who will be playing the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, and Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, the companion of the doctor. For the first 30 years of it's existence, the series had a loyal underground following in the United States, but since it's 2005 revival, it's gone much more mainstream with updated special effects and guest stars of international calibre. This upcoming season of "Doctor Who" promises to expand upon this following even further.
We've seen the premiere and very much enjoyed the convoluted time travel plot points that introduce Matt Smith's very energetic and youthful Doctor to Amy Pond, played by the luminous Karen Gillan. Smith is the youngest actor to portray the main character which has been the trend in this newest version of the series and we look forward to seeing him bring his enthusiasm to the character not only for the season, but for his upcoming visit to Comic-Con this summer. For more info on Doctor Who, be sure to check out the BBC America's site on the series.
Karen Gillan stars as Amy Pond in the new season of "Doctor Who" premiering on BBC America on Saturday night at 9:00pm. [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]