As the next Doctor Who season fast approaches, casting has been taking place and that casting has been met with some trepidation as far as the 26-year-old Matt Smith playing the good Doctor goes.
But I digress.
Rather than chat about the good Doctor Who, let’s talk about the newest actress to be cast in the upcoming fifth season as the good Doctor’s assistant, or companion, the 21-year-old Karen Gillan.
Karen has guest starred on Doctor Who in the past, in the episode titled “Fires Of Pompei” last season.
She’s also appeared in other British shows such as Rebus, Harley Street, Coming Up, The Kevin Bishop Show, Stacked and New Town Killers.
She doesn’t have extensive work experience but does hail from Inverness. At 16 she started to study at Edinburgh’s Telford College and moved on to Italia Conti Drama School in London.
The role of the Doctor’s Companion will be her first high profile role and one I’m sure could come under a lot of criticism. As it stands, the usual media spin from the creative forces behind Doctor Who are sounding all agog about her.
Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Piers Wenger said she that “When she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special.”
Steven Moffat, the writer and exec producer note that when she walked through the door, the game was up. I did find it humorous how he described her.
“…funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it”.
Just How Young Is This Dr. Who Cast Getting?
Karen Gillan is 21 and she looks rather young and if you asked me right now, I’d say the casting trend would seem to be leaning towards a younger demographic of an audience. Or are they worried that a better known face in the assistant role might overshadow their new young Doctor?
On one hand, as some of you have noted in other places here on Screen Rant, this trend could be alienating an installed core audience who have grown up or managed to watch most or all of the previous incarnations of the Doctor Who. Face it, Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction program in history. At this point, we expect a certain amount of experience or wisdom that might come from an ages old Time Lord and a long running television show.
But I can’t help but wonder just how much younger the cast may get. At this point, some may say that the Doctor Who comic book translation may not be all that bad compared to the casting that’s going on.
From my own personal experience, I’ve dissed new things and have been sadly mistaken or surprised. With that note, I’m reserving my judgment until I see something to judge.
At least we’ll get a little more of the Doctor Who we like as David Tennant has a 2-episode guest stint on The Sarah Jane Adventures.
I have a feeling I know, but go ahead, lay it on me. How do you feel about this new bit of casting news?
Source: BBC News