Karen Gillan knew about Doctor Who exit 'for ages'

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Karen Gillan knew she would be departing her role of the Time Lord's companion Amy Pond in 'Doctor Who' ''for ages''.

Karen Gillan knew she would be leaving 'Doctor Who' "for ages".

The 23-year-old actress - who plays the Time Lord's companion Amy Pond in the BBC sci-fi drama - admitted it's a "massive relief" to finally be able to discuss her alter-ego's departure from the series.

Speaking on 'The Graham Norton Show', she said: "I've known about it for ages. It's such a massive relief that [the news] is out and I can speak freely about it.

"I'm back next year for a few episodes but it's not actually confirmed when I go."

Karen will depart 'Doctor Who' alongside her on-screen husband Arthur Darvill - who plays Rory Pond - and show boss Steven Moffat has previously revealed the pair's exit will be "heartbreaking".

He said: "The Ponds will be rejoining us next series. But the final days of the Ponds are coming, I am not telling you when and I won't say how. But that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end."

Meanwhile, the flame-haired actress has admitted she wants her alter-ego to be killed off so she can be remembered as a "good" companion to the time-travelling Doctor.

She recently said: "Death would be an option. I don't want Amy to pop up again every so often, because for me it would take away from the big, emotional goodbye.

"Once she's gone, she's gone. I want people to remember the Amy Pond era as a good one."

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