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Karen Gillan rocked out to the Awesome Mixtape vol 2 while reading the script.
With producer Steven Moffatt, star Matt Smith (the Doctor), and actors Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory) telling the media for the last several months that the Doctor Who episode “The Angels Take Manhattan” would show deaths of the characters Amy and Rory, I was afraid that the characters would merely appear to die, only to find they had been saved at the “eleventh hour.” But no. The last words of the episode are, “This is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.” It was, and it did. It was riveting.
When last we left the Doctor (Matt Smith) at the end of Doctor Who’s season 6, he had faked his death in a spectacular way. At the start of season 7, that, as well as his marriage to River Song, isn’t important. What’s important is, 1) The Doctor is back in a new adventure, and 2) We’ve just seen one of the more remarkable bait-and-switches in Doctor Who history.
Caroline Skinner, producer of Doctor Who, knows everything there is to know about the upcoming season of the BBC TV show. She was either gracious enough to share some details with me or sadistic enough to torment me by not revealing all. Either way, I know that the next few episodes are what she considers “five big blockbuster movies every week,” and they sound exciting and dramatic (and not here soon enough).
I learned a few things about Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond in the BBC TV show, Doctor Who, recently. She wants to act in a comedy. She can’t swim. She has absolutely perfect skin. Oh, and she understands exactly why the Weeping Angels, one of Doctor Who’s most frightening creations, are so godawful chilling.